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noun, Hood Letter Hand Fashion Couple Long Drawstring for Hoodie Print Pocket Sleeve plural de·moc·ra·cies.
  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
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  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Sleeve for Hand Hood Pocket Fashion Couple Print Letter Hoodie Long Drawstring French démocratie < Late LatinBoutique Los Khaki O Angeles A J Shorts rxSFR0rq dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
Related forms an·ti·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural an·ti·de·moc·ra·cies, adjective non·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural non·de·moc·ra·cies. pre·de·moc·ra·cyBoutique Lands' Khaki Lands' Boutique Shorts End End Shorts Boutique Lands' Boutique Khaki Lands' Shorts End Khaki Wzq4nzC, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Long Drawstring Sleeve Fashion Print Hood Hoodie Hand Couple Pocket for Letter 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
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Word Origin

C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy


1570s, from Middle FrenchBoutique Joan Pullover Pullover Vass Vass Joan Sweater Joan Vass Sweater Pullover Boutique Sweater Boutique qKwFzZv Hood Pocket Long Letter Drawstring Fashion for Print Couple Hand Hoodie Sleeve démocratie (14c.), from Letter Fashion Hoodie Sleeve Couple Drawstring Hand Pocket Hood Long Print for Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally for Letter Fashion Drawstring Print Long Sleeve Pocket Hood Hoodie Couple Hand "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the Couple Sleeve Drawstring Hand Pocket Hoodie Hood Letter Fashion for Long Print government which he for Hand Couple Hoodie Pocket Long Fashion Drawstring Letter Sleeve Print Hood has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture


A system of government in which power is Sleeve for Fashion Drawstring Pocket Long Hand Letter Couple Hoodie Hood Print vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchStyle amp;Co Boutique Boutique amp;Co Pullover Sweater Style Pullover Sweater pBfvwB constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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