Definition of democratic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdeməˈkrætɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeməˈkrætɪk//
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  1. 1(of a country, state, system, etc.) controlled by representatives who are elected by the people of a country; connected with this system a democratic country a democratic system democratic government They are aiming to make the institutions of the EU truly democratic. Exercise your democratic right to vote.
  2. 2based on the principle that all members have an equal right to be involved in running an organization, etc. democratic participation a democratic decision
  3. 3based on the principle that all members of society are equal rather than divided by money or social class a democratic society democratic reforms
  4. 4Democratic (abbreviation Dem., D) connected with the Democratic Party in the US the Democratic senator from Oregon
  5. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French démocratique, via medieval Latin from Greek dēmokratikos, from dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power, rule’.Extra examples In 1776 these were considered dangerously democratic principles. There have been major changes in the constitution, but the system remains democratic. They have a fairly democratic form of government. a fully democratic society
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: democratic