[ byoo r-uh-krat-ik ]
/ ˌbyʊər əˈkræt ɪk /


of, relating to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine.


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Origin of bureaucratic

From the French word bureaucratique, dating back to 1830–40. See bureaucrat, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM bureaucratic

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Example sentences from the Web for anti-bureaucratic

  • The nationally visible Democrats rising behind Obama generally share his pro-capitalist, anti-bureaucratic, Reaganized liberalism.

    The Rise of the New New Left|Peter Beinart|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for anti-bureaucratic

/ (ˌbjʊərəˈkrætɪk) /


of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy

Derived forms of bureaucratic

bureaucratically, adverb
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