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democracy

[dih-mok-ruh-see]
noun, plural democracies.
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.
3.
a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4.
political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5.
the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

Origin:
1525–35; < Middle French démocratie < Late Latin dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy

antidemocracy, noun, plural antidemocracies, adjective
nondemocracy, noun, plural nondemocracies.
predemocracy, noun, plural predemocracies.
prodemocracy, adjective
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democracy (dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  government by the people or 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
 
[C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy]

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democracy
1570s, from M.Fr. democratie, from M.L. democratia (13c.), from Gk. demokratia, from demos "common people," originally "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).
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democracy definition


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.
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