[ dem-uh-krat-ik ]
/ ˌdɛm əˈkræt ɪk /
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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.
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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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What does democratic mean?

The adjective democratic is used to describe something that operates under or or resembles democracy, a form of government in which the citizens hold the power.

Usually, the word democratic is used to describe political systems, governments, or countries that use such systems. It can also be used to describe voting systems, philosophies, or strategies that rely on a majority vote or that allow everyone to give their opinion.

When capitalized, Democratic is used in the name of the Democratic Party, one of the major political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party.

Example: The United States of America practices a democratic form of government where citizens vote on issues and elect politicians by majority vote.

Where does democratic come from?

Democratic forms of government have been around for centuries, but the first records of the word democratic come from around 1600. It is believed to come from either the French démocratique or the Medieval Latin dēmocraticus. Both of these words come from the Greek dēmokratikós, which is an adjective form of dēmokratía, meaning “democracy.” The -ic ending means “having characteristics of” and is used to make adjectives.

In modern times, the word democratic is most often used to describe a political system that in some way resembles a form of government in which the people hold the political power (at least in theory).

Today, most governments or countries considered democratic have citizens elect representatives who make decisions on their behalf (this is called a representative democracy).

In general usage, democratic is used to describe things that involve a majority vote or require an entire group to debate and decide on a course of action. For example, if your family votes on what to eat for dinner, you are taking a democratic approach to choosing what to eat.

Democratic systems are often contrasted with monarchies and dictatorships, where one person holds all the power and often actively prevents the people they rule from participating in government at all.

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What are some other forms related to democratic?

  • democratically (adverb)
  • antidemocratic (adjective)
  • antidemocratical (adjective)
  • antidemocratically (adverb)
  • democracy (noun)

What are some synonyms for democratic?

  • democratical

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How is democratic used in real life?

The word democratic is most commonly used in reference to governments and political systems in which the people have the power.



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Is democratic used correctly in the following sentence?

Medieval kingdoms had democratic systems of government where one person ruled over thousands of subjects.

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British Dictionary definitions for democratic

/ (ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk) /

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 forms of democratic

democratically, adverb
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