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


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

Origin of bureaucratic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM bureaucratic

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Examples from the Web for bureaucratically

  • Housing Minister Uri Ariel, himself a settler, is at least bureaucratically responsible for the latest announcement.

    How Netanyahu Plays the Settlement Game|Michael Omer-Man|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • Nursing is a professional service offered in social contexts, most often in bureaucratically organized health services.

    Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin

British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratically

/ (ˌbjʊərəˈkrætɪk) /


of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy

Derived forms of bureaucratic

bureaucratically, adverb
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