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An advocate of democratic socialism; a member of a political party whose aims are those of democratic socialism.
Of or relating to democratic socialism or its advocates; that advocates or supports democratic socialism; specifically designating any of various political parties that support democratic socialism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Standard. From democratic + socialist.
democratic socialist/ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃəlɪst//ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃ(ə)lɪst/
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