Democracy meaning

dĭ-mŏkrə-sē
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The definition of democracy is a form of government in which the common people hold political power and can rule either directly or through elected representatives.

An example of democracy at work is in the United States, where people have political freedom and equality.

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Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
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Government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled.
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The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.
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The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
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The principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle.
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Majority rule.
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(uncountable) Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).
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A political or social unit that has such a government.
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(uncountable) Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".
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(countable, government) A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.
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A country, state, etc. with such government.
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The common people, esp. as the wielders of political power.
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Majority rule.
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Origin of democracy

  • French démocratie from Late Latin dēmocratia from Greek dēmokratiā dēmos people dā- in Indo-European roots -kratiā -cracy

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

  • demo- +‎ -cracy, from Middle French democratie (French démocratie), from Medieval Latin democratia, from Ancient Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratia), from δῆμος (dēmos, “common people", "assembly of the people”) + κράτος (kratos, “rule, strength”).

    From Wiktionary