bureaucratic

[byoo r-uh-krat-ik]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. bureau of mines,
  2. bureau of the census,
  3. bureaucracy,
  4. bureaucrat,
  5. bureaucratese,
  6. bureaucratize,
  7. burelage,
  8. burelé,
  9. burette,
  10. burg

Origin of bureaucratic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratic

bureaucratic

adjective

of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy
Derived Formsbureaucratically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for bureaucratic

bureaucratic

adj.

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

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