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Meaning of DEMOCRACY

Pronunciation:  di'm√Ękrusee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
  2. [n]  the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives
  3. [n]  a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

DEMOCRACY is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: commonwealth, majority rule, republic
 Antonyms: autarchy, autocracy
 See Also: doctrine, form of government, ideology, ism, parliamentary democracy, philosophy, political orientation, political system, political theory, school of thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*moc"ra*cy\, n.; pl. {Democracies}. [F.
d['e]mocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people +
kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.]
1. Government by the people; a form of government in which
   the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by
   the people.

2. Government by popular representation; a form of government
   in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but
   is indirectly exercised through a system of representation
   and delegated authority periodically renewed; a
   constitutional representative government; a republic.

3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of
   government. --Milton.

4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so
   called. [U.S.]

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