Bureaucracy definition

byo͝o-rŏkrə-sē
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Governmental officialism or inflexible routine.
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The concentration of authority in a complex structure of administrative bureaus.
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The administration of government through departments and subdivisions managed by sets of appointed officials following an inflexible routine.
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The definition of bureaucracy means government workers, or a group that makes official decisions following an established process.

An example of a bureaucracy is the staff that runs a city hall.

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Bureaucracy is defined as working in a way that has many steps to complete a task and very strict order and rules.

An example of a bureaucracy is the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An administrative system in which the need or inclination to follow rigid or complex procedures impedes effective action.

Innovative ideas that get bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy.

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Administration of a government chiefly through bureaus or departments staffed with nonelected officials.
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Structure and regulations in place to control activity. Usually in large organizations and government operations.
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The officials collectively.
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The departments and their officials as a group.

Promised to reorganize the federal bureaucracy.

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Management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among numerous offices and by fixed procedures.

The new department head did not know much about bureaucracy.

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The administrative structure of a large or complex organization.

A midlevel manager in a corporate bureaucracy.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of bureaucracy - bureau-ocracy, bureaucratie

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bureaucracy
Plural:
bureaucracies

Origin of bureaucracy

  • French bureaucratie bureau office bureau -cratie rule (from Old French –cracy)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • bureau +‎ -cracy, from French bureaucratie, coined by Jean Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay (died 1759) from bureau (“office”) + -cratie (“rule of”)

    From Wiktionary