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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump's critics, including his former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, have assailed the president for his response to the unrest as undemocratic and divisive. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Rallies in support of Trump – and protests against him – planned around the US for his 74th birthday," 18 June 2019 Though large-scale protests have taken a hiatus due to the pandemic, the resistance movement is by no means over as people’s grievances over an unaccountable police force, eroding freedoms, and an undemocratic government remain unaddressed. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Under the cover of a pandemic, China is dismantling Hong Kong’s last freedoms," 19 Apr. 2020 The election, which Hun Sen won, has been condemned by rights groups and many Western nations as unfair and undemocratic because the courts dissolved the only credible opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, ahead of the polls. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cambodia gives garment workers 4.4% minimum wage hike," 20 Sep. 2019 At that time in 2008, our client list included oil and tobacco companies and undemocratic governments. Seth Green, Fortune, "I Worked at McKinsey. Here’s How the Firm Needs to Change," 11 Dec. 2019 The idea that free speech has financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual costs is one that undemocratic governments encourage, and that thinking can spread, too. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The N.B.A. and China and the Myths of Sports Diplomacy," 22 Oct. 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron decided against delaying the election amid concerns that would be undemocratic. Time, "France Holds Local Elections Despite COVID-19 Outbreak Fears," 15 Mar. 2020 President Emmanuel Macron decided against delaying the elections amid concerns that would be undemocratic. Steve Hendrix, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel’s Netanyahu turns to anti-terrorism tools in battle against coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 While his bid for a constitutionally suspect fourth term would have cemented his control over Bolivian politics, Morales’s undemocratic behavior began well before that. Ryan C. Berg, National Review, "Morales’s Bolivia: Autocracy, Corruption, Waste," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of undemocratic

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Undemocratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undemocratic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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: not agreeing with democratic practices or ideals : not democratic

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