un·​dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ˌən-ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik \

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 \ adverb

Examples of undemocratic in a Sentence

The proposed law is fundamentally undemocratic.

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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 During my time, I was accused of being undemocratic and all that. Laignee Barron / Langkawi, Time, "Could Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Become the World’s Oldest Leader? He Speaks to TIME About What Sparked His Political Comeback," 8 May 2018 At the same time, plenty of liberal institutions are undemocratic. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 Farcical by-elections can only undermine an undemocratic yet still effective second chamber. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 There was, in retrospect, something fundamentally undemocratic about Malkmus’s indie rock, even if this sounds counterintuitive at first. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "What Happened to the Cool Jerk of Indie Rock?," 4 June 2018 This disdain for Italian voters is not only undemocratic but also dangerous. Francesco Ronchi, WSJ, "Italy’s Crisis—and Europe’s," 29 May 2018 Our current exclusionary system, Mr. Ilgunas argues, is outdated and undemocratic. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘This Land Is Our Land’ Review: Taking the Long Way Around," 25 May 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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