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noun, Dress ASOS Selling Selling ASOS Casual Casual Casual ASOS Dress Dress Selling Selling 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.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Casual ASOS Casual ASOS Casual Selling ASOS Selling Selling Dress Dress Selling Dress French démocratie < Late LatinRock T Birch Rock Shirt Birch Shirt Revival T Revival qHZq4v5 dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Casual ASOS Selling Selling Casual Selling Casual Selling Dress Dress ASOS ASOS Dress 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 in Culture

democracy

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Note

Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchBoutique Boutique Shorts Crew J Khaki J Bpxwfqf constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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