democratic

[ dem-uh-krat-ik ]
/ ˌdɛm əˈkræt ɪk /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. demob-happy,
  2. demobilize,
  3. democracy,
  4. democracy in america,
  5. democrat,
  6. democratic centralism,
  7. democratic deficit,
  8. democratic party,
  9. democratic republic of congo,
  10. democratic socialism

Also dem·o·crat·i·cal.

Origin of democratic

1595–1605; < French démocratique or Medieval Latin dēmocraticus, both < Greek dēmokratikós, equivalent to dēmokrat(ía) (see democracy) + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for democratic

democratic

/ (ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk) /

adjective

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 alldemocratic sports
Derived Formsdemocratically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for democratic

democratic

adj.

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.

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