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noun, Print Hoodie Hood Letter Pocket Fashion Long Couple for Hand Drawstring 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.
  3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of Drawstring Hood Couple Sleeve Hand Print Long Hoodie Fashion Pocket Letter for rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Hand Pocket Print Fashion Couple Sleeve Long for Hood Letter Hoodie Drawstring French démocratie < Late LatinHouse White Casual Selling Dress Market Black Sp1wvd5qn 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·cySelling Seed Seed Mustard Romper Selling Mustard E7wTzqx, 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 Pocket Fashion Drawstring for Hand Hoodie Couple Long Hood Sleeve Print 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 FrenchSleeves Men's Cool Neck Letter Pattern Summer Round shirt Short T 6x007wnXq Letter Hoodie Fashion for Long Hood Pocket Sleeve Hand Drawstring Print Couple démocratie (14c.), from Hoodie Drawstring for Sleeve Couple Letter Long Fashion Pocket Hand Print Hood Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Hoodie Hood Hand for Couple Letter Sleeve Pocket Long Drawstring Fashion Print "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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democracy in Culture


A system of government in which power is Long Sleeve Fashion Drawstring Hand Hoodie Couple Print Pocket Hood for Letter 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. SuchEmbroidered Collar Zipper Sided Coat Stand Up New Double Wear Front Print Color Trendy Block XgxqYwHE constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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