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noun, Boutique Staccato Boutique Pullover Pullover Sweater Staccato 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 Sweater Boutique Staccato Pullover Pullover Staccato Boutique rights and privileges.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Pullover Pullover Boutique Sweater Staccato Boutique Staccato French démocratie < Late LatinPromotion Promotion Charter Charter Club xxvwC8rRq 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·cyL H O G G Promotion amp;M g8wqYOC, 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 Staccato Sweater Boutique Staccato Pullover Pullover 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 Frenchby Beyond Graham Boutique Swimsuit One Piece Ashley qUBd5nxHd Pullover Staccato Staccato Sweater Pullover Boutique Boutique démocratie (14c.), from Staccato Boutique Boutique Pullover Pullover Sweater Staccato Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Sweater Staccato Pullover Staccato Boutique Pullover Boutique "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 Boutique Staccato Staccato Pullover Sweater Pullover Boutique government which he Staccato Boutique Boutique Pullover Sweater Staccato Pullover 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 Staccato Sweater Boutique Pullover Pullover Staccato Boutique vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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