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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El-Sissi was elected president and re-elected in 2018 in votes human rights groups sharply criticized as undemocratic. Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, "Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi, ousted in 2013, dies in court while on trial, family says," 17 June 2019 Voters in Kazakhstan went to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president in an election critics have called undemocratic and said underscores growing authoritarianism in the former Soviet country. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Police Detain 100 as Kazakhstan Votes in First Election Since Fall of Soviet Union," 9 June 2019 The federal fiscal oversight board set up by Congress in 2016 to manage the island's debt is deeply unpopular, with many denouncing it as an undemocratic institution which has hindered Puerto Rico's recovery by ordering austerity measures. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Some progressives worry Puerto Rico is being left behind on 2020 campaign trail," 7 June 2019 The polls have also been criticized as undemocratic by rights groups and several Western governments. Sopheng Cheang, Fox News, "Cambodia's ruler starts campaigning with opponents silenced," 7 July 2018 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

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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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