Definition of democracy in English:

democracy

noun

  • 1A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

    ‘capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world’
    • ‘This is a serious development which could threaten free elections and representative democracy itself.’
    • ‘The whole direction of modern democracy is toward inclusion and equality of rights.’
    • ‘I want to tell the people in the gallery that they are observers of our parliamentary democracy.’
    • ‘Yet in practice, liberal democracy should also allow for checks on government and limits to majority rule.’
    • ‘One of the major principles of democracy is that government is conducted by the people.’
    • ‘The example of Greek democracy seemed so much better in theory than in practice.’
    • ‘He forgets that democracy is a system in which the people choose their leaders.’
    • ‘We condemn this decision, and appeal to all those who are on the side of democracy and freedom of the press to take a stand against it.’
    • ‘This is their chance to breathe new life into our system of Parliamentary democracy.’
    • ‘The history of the world is a history of systems: monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, what you will.’
    • ‘Dictatorship was repudiated, and democracy accepted as a system of values.’
    • ‘Simple representative democracy in such a plural polity will no longer work.’
    • ‘Representative democracy must mean that those who govern will fairly represent the governed.’
    • ‘People asserted themselves to save democracy and the parliamentary system was restored.’
    • ‘Our system of democracy rests on the electorate being able to hold politicians accountable.’
    • ‘Rousseau laid the basis for modern ideas of democracy and the legitimacy of majority rule.’
    • ‘In key respects this new politics represents a contest for democracy itself.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see how the judge treats the dilemma between central control and local democracy.’
    • ‘The British system of representative democracy has always abhorred referendums on moral issues.’
    • ‘The politics of parliamentary democracy are not as monolithic as you represent them.’
    representative government, elective government, constitutional government, popular government
    self-government, government by the people, autonomy
    republic, commonwealth
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    1. 1.1A state governed by a democracy.
      ‘a multiparty democracy’
      • ‘Some changes in sovereignty have led to new forms of cooperation among the developed democracies in the North.’
      • ‘What rights do women and religious minorities actually exercise in these democracies?’
      • ‘Unlike a legislative body in most democracies, the Council exercises significant executive powers.’
      • ‘So will our government work with other democracies to dismantle the tax havens?’
      • ‘In democracies, it is the press which puts manners on governments, not the other way around.’
      • ‘The House of Commons sits for more days and more hours than any other legislature in the large democracies.’
      • ‘Debate and criticism are the life blood of the democracies - both in Europe and America.’
      • ‘Among the caucuses that the members of this community of democracies agreed to form, was one at the United Nations.’
      • ‘Both are successful democracies with proud records on human rights.’
      • ‘Freedom, then, is potentially but not automatically available to individuals in democracies.’
      • ‘The colonies were not democracies and the governors were not responsible to an electorate.’
      • ‘International law is not as well-defined as national law in advanced democracies.’
      • ‘As has been said by quite a number of speakers today, our Parliament is one of the oldest true democracies.’
      • ‘In few democracies is government regarded with such suspicion and scepticism.’
      • ‘Thanks to that, it is now virtually a pacifist country, and one of the most stable democracies in the world.’
      • ‘I would be the last person to say that our current democracies are actually democratic.’
      • ‘There can be and have been intolerant democracies and reasonably tolerant autocracies.’
      • ‘Most of the democracies in Europe at the time had diverse nationalised industries.’
      • ‘Countries with stable democracies today had to go through long and bitter civil wars.’
      • ‘In most democracies, changing the constitution is the work of years.’
    2. 1.2Control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.
      ‘the intended extension of industrial democracy’
      • ‘This provided an element of democracy and a basic structure of organisation.’
      • ‘Perhaps more important was the emphasis they placed on democracy and community organisation.’
      • ‘Even more important to the majority rule of democracy is how well we safeguard more vulnerable minorities.’
      • ‘In previous research, the author conducted a narrative examination of the literature on labor-managed firms to discover the nature of "organization democracy."’
      • ‘My point being that part of democracy involves accepting the wishes of the majority, even if they are contrary to your own.’
      • ‘Even their own internal operating practices showed a lack of respect for democracy.’
      • ‘I'm not a fan of direct democracy because I do not think that a majority vote on a single issue is the best way of going about things.’
      • ‘Well, that is what happens in a democracy, a majority vote, or there has to be some sort of a voting system.’
      • ‘Workplace democracy would be simple to organise but revolutionary in its effects.’
      • ‘You were voicing the will of the majority and in a democracy, that makes you right.’
      • ‘He has the total support of the majority and in a democracy such as ours that's all that matters.’
      • ‘Most importantly, he argues, it lacked any real expansion of democracy or workers' control.’
      • ‘Even on the low level of a small group, students can practice democracy among themselves.’
      • ‘Indeed their rulers have tried to eliminate those who stood for genuine workers' control and democracy.’
      • ‘Many delegates were concerned about the implications for democracy of the new rule book.’
      • ‘A small majority has to be good for democracy and it will help to ensure fiscal stability.’
      • ‘The principle of elected controllers extends into every area of workers' democracy.’
    3. 1.3The practice or principles of social equality.
      ‘demands for greater democracy’
      • ‘In order to actually promote democracy, you have to promote social equality as well.’
      • ‘They believed it would uphold the principles of democracy and social equality.’
      • ‘Tocqueville saw the Revolution as the advent of democracy and equality but not of liberty.’
      • ‘Equality is the absolute heart of our democracy: the right of all people to be treated equally.’
      • ‘The real world of political economy sets the limits to democracy and equality.’
      • ‘In principle at least, democracy is committed to the equality of all individuals.’
      • ‘Real democracy demands social equality rather than merely the right to vote.’
      • ‘The workshop will also show how the Internet and new technologies can be used to promote the spirit and practice of democracy.’
      • ‘The case is becoming a critical test of our justice system and our democracy.’
      • ‘Freedom of the press is one of the most important principles of any democracy.’
      • ‘We are fighting for social rights and social justice, for democracy and against all forms of oppression.’
      • ‘We live in the 21st century, the age of democracy and equality of opportunity.’
      • ‘These values include individualism, liberty, democracy and the rule of law.’
      • ‘Under such conditions, democracy, equality and political rights stood no chance.’
      • ‘As in the passage quoted above, he often uses equality of condition as a virtual synonym for democracy.’
      • ‘Women have seen this development as a backlash against equality and democracy.’
      • ‘Graham cited values such as democracy, gender equality and respect for human rights.’
      • ‘The basis for genuine democracy is not toting guns, but achieving economic equality.’
      • ‘It is a fight for democracy and social justice and it must be led in accordance with the law.’
      • ‘It has been a commendable process, based on a belief in the principles of democracy and the rule of law.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French démocratie, via late Latin from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos the people + -kratia power, rule.

Pronunciation:

democracy

/dəˈmäkrəsē/