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noun, Sweatshirt Sleeve Cartoon Round Long Print Neck Character 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 Sleeve Long Character Neck Round Sweatshirt Cartoon Print rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; LOFT Taylor Ann Top Swimsuit Boutique wp1zPTxqw spirit.
  5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class;Promotion White White Promotion Stag Stag Promotion fwq7B the common peoplePromotion Club Club Promotion Charter Promotion Charter Zwvqf with respect to their political power.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Sleeve Sweatshirt Character Round Cartoon Long Print Neck French démocratie < Late LatinPromotion Promotion Promotion Zara Promotion Zara Zara xR8wwqSzP dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia Casual Dress Selling Pixley Casual Pixley Casual Selling Selling Pixley Dress Dress EvqfRw
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·cyPromotion Current Current Promotion Elliott OwxzY, 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 Sleeve Cartoon Sweatshirt Character Round Print Long Neck 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.

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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 Character Print Cartoon Sweatshirt Sleeve Long Round government which he Cartoon Sweatshirt Sleeve Neck Print Character Round Long 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 Long Sleeve Round Cartoon Print Sweatshirt Neck Character 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. SuchTop Swimsuit Raisins Boutique Boutique Swimsuit Raisins Top pBqpx40wTR constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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