[jer-uh n-tok-ruh-see, jeer-]
- government by a council of elders.
- a governing body consisting of old people.
- a state or government in which old people rule.
Origin of gerontocracy
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Gerontocracy, that is, government by the aged, is the most ancient form of government.The Cult of Incompetence
- government by old people
- a governing body of old people
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Word Origin and History for gerontocracy
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A society ruled by elders.
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