pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy.
pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all:
democratic treatment.
advocating or upholding democracy.
(initial capital letter) Politics.

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Democratic Party.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Democratic-Republican Party.

Contemporary Examples

All this draws an interesting question mark over the democratic future.
Don’t Call It a Frum-Back: What’s Changed After Three Months Away David Frum September 3, 2013

“He is a superior debater,” says Paul Begala, the democratic strategist from Texas.
Rick Perry’s Debate Reality Check Howard Kurtz September 5, 2011

In the spring of 1976, when Mark was 12, Sargent Shriver conceded defeat in his race for the democratic presidential nomination.
Mark Shriver’s Quest to Understand “A Good Man” Scott Stossel June 3, 2012

The clarification did not help, to say the least, and Mourdock now badly trails his conservative democratic opponent.
The Tea Party: the GOP’s Own Worst Enemy David Frum November 2, 2012

Recent polls put Republican former lieutenant governor James “Duke” Aiona over his democratic opponent by seven points.
Return of the Blue State Republican Governor? David Freedlander September 9, 2014

Historical Examples

It has crept in as an infiltration, as one might call it, from the democratic system.
The Cult of Incompetence Emile Faguet

More than any of the others, the Twentieth Century will be democratic.
The Call of the Twentieth Century David Starr Jordan

Just as in England the people are too democratic for the government, in India the government is too democratic for the people.
Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke

It originated, beyond a question, in the democratic element.
The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier

Why should the democratic party lay claim to any anti-trust glory?
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Robert G. Ingersoll

of, characterized by, derived from, or relating to the principles of democracy
upholding or favouring democracy or the interests of the common people
popular with or for the benefit of all: democratic sports

c.1600, from French démocratique, from Medieval Latin democraticus, from Greek demokratikos “of or for democracy; favoring democracy,” from demokratia (see democracy). Earlier was democratian (1570s).

As a political faction name, from 1790 in reference to France. U.S. political usage (with a capital D) attested from c.1800. The party originally was the Anti-Federal party, then the Democratic-Republican (Democratic for short). It formed among those opposed to extensive powers for the U.S. federal government. The name of the party was not formally shortened to Democratic until 1829. Democratic socialism is attested from 1849.


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