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[byoo r-uh-krat-ik]
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  1. 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
Related formsbu·reau·crat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·bu·reau·crat·ic, adjectivenon·bu·reau·crat·ic, adjectivenon·bu·reau·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·bu·reau·crat·ic, adjectivesem·i·bu·reau·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·bu·reau·crat·ic, adjectiveun·bu·reau·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for bureaucratic

legal, supervisory, regulatory, administrative, legislative, presidential, gubernatorial, bureaucratic, directorial, governmental, ministerial, commanding, organizational, managerial, departmental, abstract, indifferent, remote, detached, civic

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Contemporary Examples of bureaucratic

Historical Examples of bureaucratic

  • For the bureaucratic order, whatever it was, had to be obeyed.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Why, do you consider its better as it is with us, lawlessness and bureaucratic tyranny?


    Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich

  • In bureaucratic France the colonies since 1854 have been associated with the navy.

  • Persecutions were inaugurated by the Bureaucratic Government.

    Chitta Ranjan

    Sukumar Ranjan Das

  • No step of this kind is easily arranged in bureaucratic France.

    The Book of Susan

    Lee Wilson Dodd

British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratic


  1. of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy
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Derived Formsbureaucratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bureaucratic


1836, from French bureaucratique (19c.); see bureaucracy. Related: Bureaucratically. Bureaucratization is from 1916.

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