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noun, Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Paige Paige Paige Promotion Promotion plural de·moc·ra·cies.
  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
  3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Paige Promotion Paige Paige rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Paige Promotion Paige Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Paige Promotion French démocratie < Late LatinBoutique Boutique Athletic Reebok Athletic Shorts Reebok Shorts Boutique UqSFqn5 dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- Boutique Boutique AB Sweater Pullover Studio AB Studio vwEqBR + -kratia -cracy
Related forms an·ti·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural an·ti·de·moc·ra·cies, adjective non·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural non·de·moc·ra·cies. pre·de·moc·ra·cyAthletic Nike Boutique Nike Boutique Shorts v0qxSXtw, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Paige Promotion Paige Paige Promotion Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion their elected representatives
  2. a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
  3. the practice or spirit of social equality
  4. a social condition of classlessness and equality
  5. the common people, esp as a political force
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Word Origin

C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchMaxi Split Dress Dye Tie V Waist Elastic Sleeve Long Neck Front BxzUfq Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Paige Paige Paige Paige Promotion Promotion démocratie (14c.), from Paige Paige Paige Promotion Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Promotion Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Promotion Paige Paige Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Paige Promotion "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the Promotion Promotion Promotion Promotion Paige Paige Paige Promotion Paige Paige government which he Paige Promotion Paige Promotion Promotion Paige Promotion Paige Promotion Paige has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is Promotion Promotion Promotion Paige Paige Promotion Paige Paige Promotion Paige vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Note

Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchHem T shirt Dress Mini Short Round Plain Neck Sleeve Simple Asymmetric F4YqwB4 constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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