[dih-mok-ruh-see] /dɪˈmɒk rə si/
noun, plural democracies.
government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
a state having such a form of government:
The United States and Canada are democracies.
a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
political or social equality; spirit.
the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
noun (pl) -cies
government by the people or their elected representatives
a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
the practice or spirit of social equality
a social condition of classlessness and equality
the common people, esp as a political force
1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia “popular government,” from demos “common people,” originally “district” (see demotic), + kratos “rule, strength” (see -cracy).
Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own ‘rights’ against the possible and probable encroachments of the government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, “ABC of Economics,” 1933]
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.
Note: Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. Such constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
[dem-uh-krat-ik] /ˌdɛm əˈkræt ɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy. 2. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment. 3. advocating or upholding democracy. 4. (initial capital letter) Politics. /ˌnɒndɛməˈkrætɪk/ adjective 1. not adhering to the principles or practice of […]
[duh-mon-struh-tiv] /dəˈmɒn strə tɪv/ adjective 1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one’s emotions, attitudes, etc., especially of love or affection: She wished her fiancé were more demonstrative. 2. serving to ; explanatory or illustrative. 3. serving to prove the truth of anything; indubitably conclusive. 4. Grammar. indicating or singling out […]
[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or . 2. founded, sponsored, or controlled by a particular religious or sect: denominational schools. 3. limited, conditioned, originating in, or influenced by the beliefs, attitudes, or interests of a religious sect, political party, etc.: denominational prejudice. /ˌnɒndɪˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃənəl/ adjective 1. not of or […]
[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a or . 2. founded, sponsored, or controlled by a particular religious or sect: denominational schools. 3. limited, conditioned, originating in, or influenced by the beliefs, attitudes, or interests of a religious sect, political party, etc.: denominational prejudice. adj. also nondenominational, 1893, from non- […]