democracy[di mäk′rə sē]
- The definition of a democracy is a form of government in which the people rule, either directly or through elected representatives.
An example of democracy is the type of government in the United States.
The government of the United States is a form of democracy.
- government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled
- a country, state, etc. with such government
- majority rule
- the principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle
- the common people, esp. as the wielders of political power
Origin of democracyFrench démocratie ; from Medieval Latin democratia ; from Classical Greek dēmokratia ; from dēmos, the people (; from Indo-European an unverified form damos, a division of the people ; from base an unverified form da-, to cut, divide from source tide) + kratein, to rule ; from kratos, strength: see hard
- Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
- A political or social unit that has such a government.
- The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
- Majority rule.
- The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.
Origin of democracyFrench démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratiā : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.
- (uncountable) Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).
- (countable, government) A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.
- (uncountable) Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".