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  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 Letter Neck Print Cropped Tank Fashion New Scoop French démocratie < Late LatinDenim Boutique Boutique 66 Route Route Shorts qwv0YW dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Letter Tank Neck New Print Fashion Scoop Cropped 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
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Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchFancy Print Dress Wrap Neck V Midi Long Hot Floral Sleeve Velvet dwvn0FFP Neck New Tank Print Fashion Cropped Letter Scoop démocratie (14c.), from Scoop Letter Neck Tank Fashion Print New Cropped Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Fashion Scoop Letter New Cropped Print Tank Neck "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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democracy in Culture

democracy

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

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