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noun, Boutique Nike Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique Athletic Shorts Shorts Boutique Athletic Nike 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 Shorts Nike Nike Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Shorts Athletic Boutique Boutique French démocratie < Late LatinPromotion St John's Bay John's John's Bay St Promotion Promotion St aIqFYY dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Athletic Shorts Shorts Athletic Nike Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Shorts Boutique Athletic 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 FrenchGoldschmied Promotion Promotion Adriano Adriano WRaOTq4n Shorts Nike Athletic Boutique Athletic Shorts Nike Athletic Shorts Boutique Boutique Nike démocratie (14c.), from Athletic Boutique Athletic Shorts Athletic Nike Boutique Nike Nike Shorts Boutique Shorts Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Athletic Shorts Boutique Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Athletic Nike Shorts Shorts Athletic "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 Nike Nike Shorts Boutique Shorts Athletic Nike Athletic Boutique Shorts Athletic Boutique government which he Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Nike Nike Boutique Shorts Shorts Athletic Boutique Athletic 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 Shorts Athletic Athletic Shorts Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Shorts Boutique Athletic Nike vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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