The definition of bureaucratic is something that is focused more on procedure and policy than common sense, frequently referring to government or to the formal operation of a business.
When you have to go through a lot of red tape and fill out a lot of meaningless forms to achieve a simple goal, this is an example of a process that would be described as bureaucratic.
- The large amount of self-administration has prevented an undue increase of bureaucratic power.
- So will you, trying to mush through the state's bureaucratic swamp.
- It was resisted by the Austrian members, who were supported by the ultramontanes and the democrats, both of whom disliked Prussia, the former because of her Protestantism, the latter because of her bureaucratic system.
- He worked little but rapidly, with none of the bureaucratic pedantry of a Philip II.
- A constitution on the French imperial pattern granted by the king remained practically inoperative, an arbitrary bureaucratic regime was instituted, the finances were from the beginning in a hopeless condition, and the country was drained of men and money for Napoleon's wars.