democratic

adjective
dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce democratic (audio) \

Essential Meaning of democratic

1 : based on a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting : of or relating to democracy The dictatorship gave way to a democratic (form of) government. Democratic elections were held there today for the first time. See More Examplesthe country's new democratic constitution Debates are an important part of the democratic process.Hide
2 : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S. The Democratic candidate for governor won the debate. Most of these policies appeal to Democratic voters. an interview with a leader of the Democratic Party
3 : relating to the idea that all people should be treated equally democratic principles The organization works to promote democratic reforms/changes around the world. a more democratic society

Full Definition of democratic

1 : of, relating to, or favoring democracy (see democracy sense 1) democratic elections a democratic government
2 often capitalized : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S. evolving in the early 19th century from the anti-federalists and the Democratic-Republican party and associated in modern times with policies of broad social reform and internationalism the Democratic candidate for governor
3 : relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people democratic art democratic education
4 : favoring social equality : not snobbish disagrees with her very democratic husband

Other Words from democratic

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

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Examples of democratic in a Sentence

Democratic elections were held there today for the first time. the country's new democratic constitution Debates are an important part of the democratic process. The Democratic candidate for governor won the debate. Most of these policies appeal to Democratic voters. an interview with a leader of the Democratic Party The organization works to promote democratic reforms around the world.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even in presidential elections, there are millions of Americans not taking part in the democratic process. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022 That’s offensive to the democratic process that created those laws. Charles Fain Lehman, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 As executive vice president of IRI from 2004 to 2021, Ms. Van Rest helped in 2006 to found the Women’s Democracy Network, which works globally to empower women in the democratic process. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 The demagogue panders to the negative emotions of the crowd, pretending to be the champion of the people, to wage war against the Constitution, the legal order, and the democratic political process that belong to the people. Jamie Raskin, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Critics noted that Schultz and his GOP colleagues turned a part of the democratic process, the redrawing of congressional and legislative districts, into a political battle. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 All are part of a rising tide of activist women on the nation’s largest reservation who are making a mark on everything from energy policy to the democratic process. Randall Hyman, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Dec. 2021 Zukerman is an artist who often depicts political messages about the democratic process, according to the Old Colony Memorial. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 Most college students are new to the democratic process; by welcoming and educating them into a nonpartisan, inclusive and participatory civic culture, institutions can encourage learned voting behaviors that stay with the students for life. Allie Cashel, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of democratic

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for democratic

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French democratique, borrowed from Medieval Latin dēmocraticus, borrowed from Greek dēmokratikós, from dēmokratía democracy + -ikos -ic entry 1

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The first known use of democratic was in 1602

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19 Jan 2022

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“Democratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democratic. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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democratic

adjective
dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce democratic (audio) \

Kids Definition of democratic

1 : relating to or favoring political democracy
2 : relating to a major political party in the United States that is associated with helping common people
3 : believing in or practicing the idea that people are socially equal

Other Words from democratic

democratically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb a democratically elected government

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