social democracysocial democracy
A political theory advocating the use of democratic means to achieve a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism. Also called democratic socialism.
- social democrat
- social democratic
(countable and uncountable, plural social democracies)
- A moderate political philosophy or ideology that aims to achieve socialistic goals within capitalist society such as by means of a strong welfare state and regulation of private industry.
- The peaceful and gradual transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means.
- A society based on either of the above.