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social democracy

noun
1.
a political ideology advocating a gradual transition to socialism or a modified form of socialism by and under democratic political processes.
2.
a system of government achieved in this way:
Sweden’s social democracy.
3.
Social Democracy, the principles and policies of any of certain Social Democratic parties, especially in Europe.
Origin of social democracy
1885-1890
1885-90
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social democracy

noun
1.
(sometimes capital) the beliefs, principles, practices, or programme of a Social Democratic Party or of social democrats
Derived Forms
social democratic, adjective
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