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[byoo r-uh-krat-ik] /ˌbyʊər əˈkræt ɪk/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine.
Origin of bureaucratic
1830-40; < French bureaucratique. See bureaucrat, -ic
Related forms
bureaucratically, adverb
antibureaucratic, adjective
nonbureaucratic, adjective
nonbureaucratically, adverb
semibureaucratic, adjective
semibureaucratically, adverb
unbureaucratic, adjective
unbureaucratically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bureaucratic
  • I'd been meaning to write about these bureaucratic hassles for over a year, but never got around to it.
  • This program provides us with a clear case of bureaucratic irresponsibility.
  • Somebody needs to bang bureaucratic heads together and set an agenda.
  • It is clear that the bureaucratic process is in need of great transformation.
  • This arrangement not only reduces bureaucratic red tape, but also allows grant recipients more freedom.
  • Weeding out such bureaucratic overreach is a tedious but important task.
  • According to Harvey, the mistake was the result of a bureaucratic oversight.
  • The bureaucratic machine of the university requires formal rational and logical systems to operate efficiently.
  • We want it, and can afford it - but there's still much bureaucratic resistance and red tape preventing us.
  • Italian manufacturers said they faced considerable bureaucratic hurdles.
British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratic


of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy
Derived Forms
bureaucratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bureaucratic

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

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