- government by the people or their elected representatives
- a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
- the practice or spirit of social equality
- a social condition of classlessness and equality
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- Government[countable] a state, country, or nation having such a form of government.
- Government a state or condition of society in which there is formal equality of rights and privileges:[uncountable]democracy in the workplace.
- 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.
- Governmenta state having such a form of government:The United States and Canada are democracies.
- Governmenta state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
- Governmentpolitical or social equality;
- Governmentthe common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class;
the common people with respect to their political power.
- Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent. to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
- Late Latin dēmocratia
- Middle French démocratie