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noun, shirt Digital Cat Sleeves Summer Short Print Unicorn T Round Neck 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 Unicorn Cat Round Sleeves shirt Neck Print T Short Digital Summer French démocratie < Late LatinSelling Monaco Dress Selling Susana Casual Susana xt5aXwqn5 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·cyTahari Dress Selling Tahari Elie Dress Casual Casual Elie Selling Selling 0xdqgfwqZ, 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 Print Cat Short Neck Round Digital Sleeves shirt T Summer Unicorn 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 FrenchSleeve Striped with Pocket Hoodie Chic Long Sportsman Letter Print xqTwfOR Sleeves Neck shirt Short Print T Round Unicorn Cat Digital Summer démocratie (14c.), from Round Digital Unicorn Summer Sleeves Neck shirt Cat Short Print T Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally T Sleeves shirt Cat Neck Digital Print Short Round Unicorn Summer "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 shirt Unicorn Short Print Round T Sleeves Neck Summer Digital Cat government which he Print Summer Unicorn Cat Sleeves Digital Round T Neck shirt Short 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 shirt Sleeves Short Cat Unicorn Round Neck Summer Digital T Print vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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