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A form of socialism pursued by democratic rather than autocratic or revolutionary means, especially by respecting a democratically elected legislature as the source of political change; (also more generally) moderate or centrist socialism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Athenaeum. From democratic + socialism.
democratic socialism/ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃəlɪz(ə)m//ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m/
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