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[tek-nok-ruh-see] /tɛkˈnɒk rə si/
noun, plural technocracies for 2, 3.
a theory and movement, prominent about 1932, advocating control of industrial resources, reform of financial institutions, and reorganization of the social system, based on the findings of technologists and engineers.
a system of government in which this theory is applied.
any application of this theory.
1919; techno- + -cracy Unabridged
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  • technocracy actually advocates an economic system in which cost is directly calculated in terms of energy inputs.
  • Dukakis has both gut-level values and a mastery of management technocracy.
  • Because they really are trying to opt out of the technocracy and regain more supposedly authentic values.
  • We have a good balance of democracy and technocracy.
  • They are doing it because they operate in a technocracy.
  • Forceful questions are starting to be asked about the technocracy and what it wishes for us.
  • It's no exaggeration to describe the current regime as a technocracy.
  • Tough-minded pragmatism and technocracy became dominant everywhere.
  • technocracy thus explicitly trumps any and all land rights.
British Dictionary definitions for technocracy


noun (pl) -cies
a theory or system of society according to which government is controlled by scientists, engineers, and other experts
a body of such experts
a state considered to be governed or organized according to these principles
Derived Forms
technocrat (ˈtɛknəˌkræt) noun
technocratic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for technocracy

1919, coined by W.H. Smyth in "Industrial Management" as a name for a new system of government by technical experts, from techno- + -cracy.

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technocracy in Culture
technocracy [(tek-nok-ruh-see)]

A type of society marked by the dominant role of people with specialized technical skills, particularly engineers.

technocracy [(tek-nok-ruh-see)]

The control of government and society by people with technical skills, especially engineers.

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Encyclopedia Article for technocracy

government by technicians who are guided solely by the imperatives of their technology. The concept developed in the United States early in the 20th century as an expression of the Progressive movement and became a subject of considerable public interest in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The origins of the technocracy movement may be traced to Frederick W. Taylor's introduction of the concept of scientific management. Writers such as Henry L. Gannt, Thorstein Veblen, and Howard Scott suggested that businessmen were incapable of reforming their industries in the public interest and that control of industry should thus be given to engineers.

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