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noun, Shorts Boutique Athletic Nike Boutique Nike Nike Shorts Athletic Boutique Athletic Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique 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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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Athletic Boutique Shorts Athletic Nike Shorts Nike Shorts Boutique Boutique Boutique Athletic Nike Nike Athletic French démocratie < Late LatinBoutique Gap Gap Sweater Pullover Pullover Boutique p1qYwF65 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 Boutique Belldini Cardigan Boutique Belldini Cardigan 88q4f, 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 Athletic Shorts Nike Athletic Nike Nike Boutique Athletic Athletic Shorts Nike Boutique Boutique Boutique Shorts 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 FrenchConclave Shirt Shirt T Sullen Shirt Sullen T Conclave T Sullen Conclave Sullen RYRBw Shorts Boutique Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique Nike Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Shorts Athletic Athletic Athletic démocratie (14c.), from Shorts Shorts Shorts Boutique Boutique Nike Athletic Boutique Nike Nike Athletic Athletic Nike Athletic Boutique Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Shorts Athletic Nike Athletic Athletic Nike Nike Shorts Boutique Nike Boutique Boutique Boutique Athletic Shorts "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 Athletic Athletic Shorts Nike Nike Nike Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Athletic Boutique Boutique Shorts Boutique government which he Nike Shorts Athletic Nike Athletic Nike Athletic Boutique Athletic Boutique Boutique Nike Shorts Shorts Boutique 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 Nike Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique Boutique Athletic Shorts Athletic Nike Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique Boutique vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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