- a political ideology advocating a gradual transition to socialism or a modified form of socialism by and under democratic political processes.
- a system of government achieved in this way: Sweden’s social democracy.
- Social Democracy. the principles and policies of any of certain Social Democratic parties, especially in Europe.
Compare democratic socialism.
Origin of social democracy
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for social democracy
The actual meaning of the events, however, is just that which Social-Democracy foresaw.
Such an organization can be the work of Social-Democracy only.
We have gone into the principles of Anarchism and Social-Democracy at great length.
They are not on speaking terms; and they have put before us three distinct and incompatible views of Social-Democracy.
Marden was as old as the New System of statism and inhumanity that had started off disguised as social-democracy.The Victor
- (sometimes capital) the beliefs, principles, practices, or programme of a Social Democratic Party or of social democrats
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