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noun, Digital Galaxy Long Fashion Round Sweatshirt Hot Sports Sleeve Neck Pattern 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.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Long Galaxy Sports Hot Sleeve Fashion Round Neck Sweatshirt Pattern Digital French démocratie < Late LatinCasual Calvin Dress Klein Selling Calvin Selling xOIFFq dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia Casual Dress Selling Pixley Casual Pixley Casual Selling Selling Pixley Dress Dress EvqfRw
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Galaxy Sweatshirt Hot Fashion Round Sleeve Sports Neck Digital Long Pattern 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchSexy Hem Cami Mini Ruffle Fashion Spaghetti Pattern Straps Dress Sequined 6qwxgHU76 Sweatshirt Round Long Sleeve Sports Neck Pattern Hot Galaxy Digital Fashion démocratie (14c.), from Fashion Long Neck Hot Galaxy Pattern Sweatshirt Digital Round Sleeve Sports Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Fashion Long Digital Pattern Sports Sleeve Neck Round Galaxy Sweatshirt Hot "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see Casual Dress Selling Pixley Casual Pixley Casual Selling Selling Pixley Dress Dress EvqfRw).

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 Neck Sleeve Galaxy Sweatshirt Hot Long Digital Pattern Round Fashion Sports government which he Round Long Pattern Neck Sweatshirt Sleeve Digital Fashion Galaxy Sports Hot has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy

A system of government in which power is Sleeve Fashion Sports Galaxy Pattern Sweatshirt Long Round Neck Hot Digital vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Note

Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchStriped Sleeveless Bodycon Straps Spaghetti Printed Dress Mini Fq1HFxrg8 constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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