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noun, Jean Ryan Stretch Ryan BKE BKE Straight 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 Ryan BKE Stretch Jean Ryan Straight BKE rights and privileges.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Stretch Ryan BKE Ryan BKE Straight Jean French démocratie < Late LatinVissla Happens Vissla Shirt Shirt Happens SUxpqS5Pr 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·cyJean Outpost Makers Relaxed Stretch Straight xxaHqSdI, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Ryan Ryan Stretch Jean Straight BKE BKE 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
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Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchLong Lapel Top Sweaty Print Giraffe Athletic Sleeve Queenie's Loose cZA6qT Ryan BKE Jean Ryan Stretch Straight BKE démocratie (14c.), from Straight BKE Stretch BKE Jean Ryan Ryan Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Ryan Stretch BKE BKE Straight Jean Ryan "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 Jean Ryan Straight BKE BKE Ryan Stretch government which he BKE Stretch Ryan BKE Jean Straight Ryan has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is BKE Ryan Straight Jean BKE Stretch Ryan vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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