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democratic

[dem-uh-krat-ik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy.
  2. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment.
  3. advocating or upholding democracy.
  4. (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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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
Related formsdem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivean·ti·dem·o·crat·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbhalf-dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivehy·per·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivenon·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivenon·dem·o·crat·i·cal, adjectivenon·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivepro·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do-Dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivequa·si-dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectivesu·per·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·dem·o·crat·ic, adjectiveun·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • These latter are democratically counted in with the dining-room boarders.

    Alamo Ranch

    Sarah Warner Brooks

  • How unconventionally Israel approaches its God, and how democratically!

    Against the Current

    Edward A. Steiner

  • The birds were mating, life was forward, and Nature loves to be democratically lavish with her choicest secrets.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • A nation, democratically constituted, is not organized from a military point of view.

    Battle Studies

    Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq

  • During this past year, Peru inaugurated a democratically elected government.


British Dictionary definitions for democratically

democratic

adjective
  1. of, characterized by, derived from, or relating to the principles of democracy
  2. upholding or favouring democracy or the interests of the common people
  3. popular with or for the benefit of alldemocratic sports
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Derived Formsdemocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for democratically

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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