bu·​reau·​crat·​ic | \ ˌbyu̇r-ə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce bureaucratic (audio) , ˌbyər- \

Definition of bureaucratic

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a bureaucracy or a bureaucrat bureaucratic government a bureaucratic organization bureaucratic procedures

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bureaucratically \ ˌbyu̇r-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bureaucratic (audio) , ˌbyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of bureaucratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many places, signing up restaurants is a lengthy bureaucratic process, requiring eateries to fill out multiple applications and buy equipment to process SNAP cards. Caitlin Dewey, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 The public sector is more bureaucratic and has complex procurement guidelines, long budget cycles and outdated systems. Steve Grewal, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 As Andrew Tobias reports, staff at the Ohio Casino Control Commission at a Wednesday meeting laid out the bureaucratic process behind getting the new betting system up and running. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 But this less bureaucratic approval process for housing has greenlit further destruction of a sacred space known as the Shellmound, a 5,700-year-old Ohlone funerary and prayer site located in the Bay Area’s West Berkeley neighborhood. Ray Levy Uyeda, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2021 His biggest crusade this year has been to rail against women registering for the Selective Service, a bureaucratic process that has little meaning in a country that did away with the military draft 48 years ago and has no plans to bring it back. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Nov. 2021 Years of bureaucratic red tape, arbitrary denials and slow-walking under former President Donald Trump created a backlog of more than 18,000 applicants and processing times that stretched into years. Martha Raddatz, ABC News, 26 Dec. 2021 As governor, John could put up all kinds of bureaucratic red tape, shutting down the development in a number of ways. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 The effort to sell them off also has been marred by political dysfunction and bureaucratic red tape. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of bureaucratic

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bureaucratic

borrowed from French bureaucratique, from bureaucrate bureaucrat or bureaucratie bureaucracy + -ique -ic entry 1

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“Bureaucratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bureaucratic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of bureaucratic

: using or connected with many complicated rules and ways of doing things : of, relating to, or like a bureaucracy or bureaucrat


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