of, relating to, or characteristic of a or a ; arbitrary and routine.
Contemporary Examples

For a journalist, trying to piece together the life of a Guantanamo detainee involves staring into the bureaucratic unknown.
The Faces of Guantánamo Molly Crabapple September 2, 2013

As I fought for services, I felt I was dealing with bureaucratic indifference bordering on malevolence.
The Real Juvenile Offenders Daniela Drake June 21, 2013

Internally, Microsoft has become a huge, bloated, bureaucratic, dysfunctional nightmare.
Microsoft Will Screw Up Skype Dan Lyons May 9, 2011

I hear that life inside is getting too big and bureaucratic.
Jeff Jarvis Asks: Is Google an Evil Empire? Dave Kansas January 28, 2009

This entire ordeal reeks of bureaucratic overreach being bandied about in the name of “let-us-save-the-children” politics.
The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS Chloé Valdary October 20, 2014

Historical Examples

He worked little but rapidly, with none of the bureaucratic pedantry of a Philip II.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7 Various

For the bureaucratic order, whatever it was, had to be obeyed.
Vittoria, Complete George Meredith

Certainly the defeat of Germany gave a blow to bureaucratic militarism in Japan which in time will go far.
China, Japan and the U.S.A. John Dewey

In bureaucratic France the colonies since 1854 have been associated with the navy.
The Popular Science Monthly, July, 1900 Various

Overridden by military methods and bureaucratic pettiness, Prussia was only beginning to free her hands from internal bonds.
The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams

of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy

1836, from French bureaucratique (19c.); see bureaucracy. Related: Bureaucratically. Bureaucratization is from 1916.

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