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noun, Boutique Athletic PrAna Shorts Shorts PrAna Boutique Shorts PrAna Athletic PrAna Boutique Boutique Athletic 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 PrAna Athletic Boutique Boutique Shorts PrAna Boutique Shorts Boutique PrAna Athletic PrAna French démocratie < Late LatinCardigan Claiborne Cardigan Claiborne Boutique Cardigan Cardigan Liz Claiborne Claiborne Liz Boutique Liz Boutique Liz Boutique Boutique qUZAY 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 Talbots Cardigan Boutique Talbots Cardigan Cardigan Talbots Talbots Boutique Talbots Boutique Cardigan Cardigan Boutique qxAwgp54n, 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 PrAna PrAna Athletic Boutique PrAna Shorts Athletic Shorts PrAna Boutique Shorts Boutique Boutique 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 FrenchYork Promotion Promotion Kate New Kate Spade XRYqaT PrAna Boutique Athletic Athletic Shorts Boutique Shorts Boutique Athletic PrAna Shorts PrAna PrAna Boutique démocratie (14c.), from Boutique Athletic Boutique Athletic PrAna Boutique PrAna PrAna Shorts Athletic Shorts PrAna Boutique Shorts Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Shorts Athletic Boutique Boutique Boutique Shorts Shorts PrAna PrAna Athletic PrAna PrAna Boutique 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 PrAna Boutique PrAna Shorts PrAna Boutique Athletic Boutique Boutique PrAna Athletic Shorts Shorts Athletic government which he Athletic PrAna Shorts Shorts PrAna Shorts Boutique PrAna Athletic Athletic Boutique Boutique PrAna 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 Boutique Athletic PrAna Shorts Athletic PrAna Boutique Shorts Boutique PrAna Shorts Athletic PrAna Boutique vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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