One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural liberal democraciesmass noun
1A democratic system of government in which individual rights and freedoms are officially recognized and protected, and the exercise of political power is limited by the rule of law.‘the objective of liberal democracy is not limitless freedom’
- ‘He drew from the doctrine of the rights of man, a comprehensive outline of the principles of a liberal democracy.’
- ‘The New Right set out to undermine the universalist values of liberal democracy.’
- ‘Pressure groups are a product of freedom of association, which is a fundamental principle of liberal democracy.’
- ‘An Allied victory led to the maintenance and even extension of liberal democracy in Europe.’
- ‘In the 1920s and 30s, liberal democracy was faced with a grave crisis and its greatest challenge.’
- 1.1count noun A state governed under a system of liberal democracy.‘they seek to transform the country into a liberal democracy’
- ‘In an age of satellite broadcasting, no culture minister, certainly not in a liberal democracy, can patrol the airwaves.’
- ‘Liberal democracies embrace and nurture diversity, and protect that diversity with various state apparatuses.’
- ‘Virtually all liberal democracies contain some degree of ethnocultural diversity.’
- ‘I live in a liberal democracy - the security forces can't just go round snooping on people willynilly.’
- ‘A country that claims to be a "liberal democracy" embraces the whole issue of civil liberties.’
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