democracy

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•moc•ra•cy /dɪˈmɑkrəsi/USA pronunciation   n., pl. -cies. 
  1. Government[uncountable] government by the people;
    a form of government in which the supreme power rests with the people and is used directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. Government[countable] a state, country, or nation having such a form of government.
  3. Government a state or condition of society in which there is formal equality of rights and privileges[uncountable]democracy in the workplace.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•moc•ra•cy  (di mokrə sē), 
n., pl. -cies. 
  1. Governmentgovernment 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. Governmenta state having such a form of government:The United States and Canada are democracies.
  3. Governmenta state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
  4. Governmentpolitical or social equality;
    democratic spirit.
  5. Governmentthe common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class;
    the common people with respect to their political power.
Etymology:
  • Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent. to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
  • Late Latin dēmocratia
  • Middle French démocratie
  • 1525–35


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

democracy /dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. government by the people or 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
Etymology: 16th Century: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy



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