un·​dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce undemocratic (audio) \

Definition of undemocratic

: not democratic : not agreeing with democratic practice or ideals

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undemocratically \ ˌən-​ˌde-​mə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce undemocratically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of undemocratic in a Sentence

The proposed law is fundamentally undemocratic.

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In the face of mounting evidence that Hungary’s government is both undemocratic and illiberal, the Trump administration has stood mute. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Hungary, Canary in the Illiberal Coal Mine," 18 Dec. 2018 Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said there was nothing untoward or undemocratic in the process under way. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Despite Demonstrations, Russian Elections Promise No Drama—By Design," 9 Sep. 2018 Those who now complain about the undemocratic nature of the Electoral College and the Senate were quite content when their party seemed to have a lock on the former and held a large majority in the latter. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "Democrats Abandon the Constitution," 15 Oct. 2018 Trump’s parade was about more generally celebrating the American military and its collective arsenal — something members of Congress from both parties argued was unseemly at best and undemocratic at worst. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Trump’s $92 million military parade is postponed — for now," 17 Aug. 2018 An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump revokes ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance," 15 Aug. 2018 When the pension plan decided to add emerging-markets exposure several years ago, its managers had concerns about corruption and undemocratic governments, said Michael Brakebill, the chief investment officer for the Tennessee retirement system. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Emerging-Market Tremors Rattle Tennessee’s Public Pensions," 8 Sep. 2018 But the maître d’ at the 21 Club was undemocratic as well. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Matt Tyrnauer’s New Documentary, Studio 54, Takes On the Rise, Fall, and Last Days of Disco," 4 Oct. 2018 Poland was called Tuesday to an EU affairs meeting in Luxembourg to defend judicial overhauls Brussels calls undemocratic, and more such hearings were likely in the coming months, according to EU diplomats. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Poland Backs Down on Holocaust Bill After International Criticism," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of undemocratic

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undemocratic

: not agreeing with democratic practices or ideals : not democratic

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