The definition of a democracy is a form of government in which the people rule, either directly or through elected representatives.(noun)
An example of democracy is the type of government in the United States.
See democracy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. democracies
Origin: Fr démocratie < ML democratia < Gr dēmokratia < dēmos, the people (< IE *damos, a division of the people < base *da-, to cut, divide > tide) + kratein, to rule < kratos, strength: see hard
See democracy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. de·moc·ra·cies
Origin: French démocratie
Origin: , from Late Latin dēmocratia
Origin: , from Greek dēmokratiā
Origin: : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + -kratiā, -cracy.
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