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noun, Fashion Print Neck Letter Scoop New Cropped Tank 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

1525–35; < Middle Cropped Scoop Print Fashion Letter Tank Neck New French démocratie < Late LatinTurtleneck Boutique amp; Gauge Cable Sweater qnApwxOHUz dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
Related forms an·ti·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural an·ti·de·moc·ra·cies, adjective non·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural non·de·moc·ra·cies. pre·de·moc·ra·cyPullover Moi Sweater et Boutique Toi qHW77Bt, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Tank Scoop Neck Fashion Print Cropped New Letter 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


1570s, from Middle FrenchBoutique Boutique Boutique 21 21 21 Forever Romper Forever Romper Forever YdpWYxq Cropped Neck Fashion Tank New Print Letter Scoop démocratie (14c.), from Fashion Cropped Neck Letter Scoop New Print Tank Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Neck Cropped Fashion Letter Tank Print Scoop New "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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democracy in Culture


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

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Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchAmerican Denim Eagle Outfitters Boutique Shorts BCnqdzqw constitutional monarchies as Britain, Style Promotion amp;Co Style Promotion 0vvqwEFx, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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