|a word or line of verse of ten syllables|
|—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 |
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.