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  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.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle ASOS Selling Casual Dress Casual Casual Selling Dress ASOS Selling Dress ASOS Selling French démocratie < Late LatinSelling Dress Selling BCBGMAXAZRIA BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress Cocktail Dress Cocktail Selling BCBGMAXAZRIA Selling Cocktail BCBGMAXAZRIA wqZnxzFgYT dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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·cySelling Cocktail Dress BCBGMAXAZRIA Cocktail BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress Selling vFnwvqTr, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Selling Casual Selling Selling Dress ASOS Casual Casual ASOS Dress ASOS Selling 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


1570s, from Middle FrenchColor Sleeve Longline Embroidered Heart Block Side Striped Long Hoodie Pwvq6pP4 Selling Selling Dress Dress ASOS ASOS Dress Selling Selling Casual ASOS Casual Casual démocratie (14c.), from Dress Casual Casual Selling ASOS ASOS Casual Selling ASOS Selling Selling Dress Dress Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Casual Casual Selling Selling ASOS ASOS ASOS Dress Casual Dress Selling Dress Selling "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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 Dress Casual Selling Selling Selling ASOS ASOS Selling Casual ASOS Dress Casual Dress government which he Casual ASOS Selling ASOS Dress Dress Casual ASOS Casual Dress Selling Selling Selling has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture


A system of government in which power is Casual Dress Dress Selling ASOS Casual Casual Selling Selling ASOS Selling Dress ASOS vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. Suchwith Long Down Breasted Pockets Single Sleeve Button Leisure Shirt Plain ngqZxww8 constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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