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technocracy

[tek-nok-ruh-see] /tɛkˈnɒk rə si/
noun, plural technocracies for 2, 3.
1.
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.
2.
a system of government in which this theory is applied.
3.
any application of this theory.
Origin of technocracy
1919
1919; techno- + -cracy
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Examples from the web for technocracy
  • 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

technocracy

/tɛkˈnɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
a theory or system of society according to which government is controlled by scientists, engineers, and other experts
2.
a body of such experts
3.
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
n.

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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