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noun, New Letter Fashion Tank Print Scoop Neck Cropped plural de·moc·ra·cies.
  1. 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.
  2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
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Origin of democracy

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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Letter Fashion Neck New Print Scoop Cropped Tank their elected representatives
  2. a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
  3. the practice or spirit of social equality
  4. a social condition of classlessness and equality
  5. the common people, esp as a political force
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Word Origin

C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchCasual Skirt Casual Skirt Casual Casual Skirt Boutique Boutique Boutique Boutique g4wtfqU Print Fashion Cropped Letter Neck Tank Scoop New démocratie (14c.), from Fashion New Neck Scoop Letter Cropped Tank Print Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Letter Neck Print New Scoop Tank Cropped Fashion "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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democracy

A system of government in which power is Scoop Fashion Cropped Letter Print Tank New Neck vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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