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[dem-uh-krat-ik] /ˌdɛm əˈkræt ɪk/
pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy.
pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all:
democratic treatment.
advocating or upholding democracy.
(initial capital letter) Politics.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Democratic Party.
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the Democratic-Republican Party.
Also, democratical.
Origin of democratic
1595-1605; < French démocratique or Medieval Latin dēmocraticus, both < Greek dēmokratikós, equivalent to dēmokrat(ía) (see democracy) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
democratically, adverb
antidemocratic, adjective
antidemocratical, adjective
antidemocratically, adverb
half-democratic, adjective
hyperdemocratic, adjective
nondemocratic, adjective
nondemocratical, adjective
nondemocratically, adverb
predemocratic, adjective
prodemocratic, adjective
pseudo-Democratic, adjective
pseudodemocratic, adjective
pseudodemocratically, adverb
quasi-democratic, adjective
quasi-democratically, adverb
superdemocratic, adjective
superdemocratically, adverb
undemocratic, adjective
undemocratically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undemocratic
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  • Because we are serving notice that we are against a system that is political and undemocratic.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • The attitude of Socialists toward the courts of law is undemocratic.

  • Much of the old poetry should be discouraged for it is debased and undemocratic.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • It is valuable in our democracy in proportion as it is undemocratic.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
  • All this is undemocratic and unwholesome in the highest degree.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
British Dictionary definitions for undemocratic


not characterized by, derived from, or relating to the principles of democracy


of, characterized by, derived from, or relating to the principles of democracy
upholding or favouring democracy or the interests of the common people
popular with or for the benefit of all: democratic sports
Derived Forms
democratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undemocratic



c.1600, from French démocratique, from Medieval Latin democraticus, from Greek demokratikos "of or for democracy; favoring democracy," from demokratia (see democracy). Earlier was democratian (1570s).

As a political faction name, from 1790 in reference to France. U.S. political usage (with a capital D) attested from c.1800. The party originally was the Anti-Federal party, then the Democratic-Republican (Democratic for short). It formed among those opposed to extensive powers for the U.S. federal government. The name of the party was not formally shortened to Democratic until 1829. Democratic socialism is attested from 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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