- government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
- a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
- a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
- political or social equality; democratic spirit.
- the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
Origin of democracy
Examples from the Web for pro-democracy
Contemporary Examples of pro-democracy
The past two months have been a war of attrition between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protestors.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Pro-democracy activists believe the situation is much worse.Hong Kong’s Triads Attack Protestors
October 4, 2014
Hackers who were probably working for the Chinese government attacked Hong Kong pro-democracy websites.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
Pro-democracy demonstrators put their middle fingers up in the air as they walked by.
Pro-democracy activists estimate that some half a million citizens joined them in the largest local protest in over a decade.
- government by the people or their elected representatives
- a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
- the practice or spirit of social equality
- a social condition of classlessness and equality
- the common people, esp as a political force
Word Origin for democracy
1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).
Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.