of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine.

1830–40; < French bureaucratique. See bureaucrat, -ic

bureaucratically, adverb
antibureaucratic, adjective
nonbureaucratic, adjective
nonbureaucratically, adverb
semibureaucratic, adjective
semibureaucratically, adverb
unbureaucratic, adjective
unbureaucratically, adverb
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bureaucratic (ˌbjʊərəˈkrætɪk)
of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy

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Word Origin & History

1836, from Fr. bureaucratique; see bureaucracy. Bureaucratization is from 1916.
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Example sentences
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.
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