- 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.
- 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: French démocratie ; from Midieval 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) plush kratein, to rule ; from kratos, strength: see hard
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noun pl. de·moc·ra·cies
- 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: French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratiā : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.
democracy - Cultural Definition
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.