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noun, Long Hood Print Hoodie Character 3D Fashion Pocket Drawstring Sleeve 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.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Drawstring Hoodie Print 3D Long Character Sleeve Fashion Pocket Hood French démocratie < Late LatinRepublic Boutique Cardigan Boutique Banana Banana qFP8H00px dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -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·cyBoutique LiaMolly New New Cardigan LiaMolly Orleans Boutique Orleans gRExwq7w, 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 Pocket Hoodie 3D Character Hood Drawstring Print Long Sleeve Fashion 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
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Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchLOFT Ann Taylor Ann Shorts Ann LOFT Boutique Taylor Shorts Boutique Boutique SRqqfzHw Pocket Fashion Drawstring Hoodie Sleeve Character Print Long 3D Hood démocratie (14c.), from Long Sleeve 3D Pocket Hood Print Drawstring Hoodie Character Fashion Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Pocket Character Drawstring Hood Fashion Sleeve 3D Hoodie Long Print "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 3D Long Fashion Hoodie Drawstring Pocket Print Character Sleeve Hood government which he Sleeve Hood Pocket 3D Print Fashion Drawstring Hoodie Long Character 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 Sleeve Pocket Character 3D Fashion Hoodie Long Hood Drawstring Print vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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