democracy

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 /dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
de•moc•ra•cy /dɪˈmɑkrəsi/USA pronunciation n., pl. -cies. 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[uncountable] a state or condition of society in which there is formal equality of rights and privileges:democracy in the workplace.

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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