Adjective "democracy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
  1. 'In key respects this new politics represents a contest for democracy itself.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Rousseau laid the basis for modern ideas of democracy and the legitimacy of majority rule.'
  4. 'The whole direction of modern democracy is toward inclusion and equality of rights.'
  5. 'Our system of democracy rests on the electorate being able to hold politicians accountable.'
  6. 'It will be interesting to see how the judge treats the dilemma between central control and local democracy.'
  7. 'The British system of representative democracy has always abhorred referendums on moral issues.'
  8. 'The example of Greek democracy seemed so much better in theory than in practice.'
  9. 'This is their chance to breathe new life into our system of Parliamentary democracy.'
  10. 'I want to tell the people in the gallery that they are observers of our parliamentary democracy.'
  11. 'a multiparty democracy'
  12. 'I would be the last person to say that our current democracies are actually democratic.'
  13. 'Debate and criticism are the life blood of the democracies - both in Europe and America.'
  14. 'In few democracies is government regarded with such suspicion and scepticism.'
  15. 'As has been said by quite a number of speakers today, our Parliament is one of the oldest true democracies.'
  16. 'The House of Commons sits for more days and more hours than any other legislature in the large democracies.'
  17. 'There can be and have been intolerant democracies and reasonably tolerant autocracies.'
  18. 'Thanks to that, it is now virtually a pacifist country, and one of the most stable democracies in the world.'
  19. 'International law is not as well-defined as national law in advanced democracies.'
  20. 'Among the caucuses that the members of this community of democracies agreed to form, was one at the United Nations.'
  21. 'The colonies were not democracies and the governors were not responsible to an electorate.'
  22. 'This provided an element of democracy and a basic structure of organisation.'
  23. 'Most importantly, he argues, it lacked any real expansion of democracy or workers' control.'
  24. 'Well, that is what happens in a democracy, a majority vote, or there has to be some sort of a voting system.'
  25. 'My point being that part of democracy involves accepting the wishes of the majority, even if they are contrary to your own.'
  26. 'Workplace democracy would be simple to organise but revolutionary in its effects.'
  27. 'He has the total support of the majority and in a democracy such as ours that's all that matters.'
  28. 'Perhaps more important was the emphasis they placed on democracy and community organisation.'
  29. 'Many delegates were concerned about the implications for democracy of the new rule book.'
  30. 'In previous research, the author conducted a narrative examination of the literature on labor-managed firms to discover the nature of "organization democracy."'
  31. 'It has been a commendable process, based on a belief in the principles of democracy and the rule of law.'
  32. 'It is a fight for democracy and social justice and it must be led in accordance with the law.'
  33. 'These values include individualism, liberty, democracy and the rule of law.'
  34. 'The workshop will also show how the Internet and new technologies can be used to promote the spirit and practice of democracy.'
  35. 'As in the passage quoted above, he often uses equality of condition as a virtual synonym for democracy.'
  36. 'We are fighting for social rights and social justice, for democracy and against all forms of oppression.'
  37. 'Tocqueville saw the Revolution as the advent of democracy and equality but not of liberty.'
  38. 'In principle at least, democracy is committed to the equality of all individuals.'
  39. 'Freedom of the press is one of the most important principles of any democracy.'
  40. 'In order to actually promote democracy, you have to promote social equality as well.'

More definitions

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.

3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.

5. the common people of a community as distinguished

More examples(as adjective)

"radios can be democracy."


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