social democracy

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noun
  1. a political ideology advocating a gradual transition to socialism or a modified form of socialism by and under democratic political processes.
  2. a system of government achieved in this way: Sweden’s social democracy.
  3. Social Democracy. the principles and policies of any of certain Social Democratic parties, especially in Europe.

Origin of social democracy

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for social democracy

Historical Examples of social democracy

  • The actual meaning of the events, however, is just that which Social-Democracy foresaw.

    Our Revolution

    Leon Trotzky

  • Such an organization can be the work of Social-Democracy only.

    Our Revolution

    Leon Trotzky

  • We have gone into the principles of Anarchism and Social-Democracy at great length.

    Man And Superman

    George Bernard Shaw

  • They are not on speaking terms; and they have put before us three distinct and incompatible views of Social-Democracy.

    Man And Superman

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Marden was as old as the New System of statism and inhumanity that had started off disguised as social-democracy.

    The Victor

    Bryce Walton


British Dictionary definitions for social democracy

social democracy

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) the beliefs, principles, practices, or programme of a Social Democratic Party or of social democrats
Derived Formssocial democratic, adjective
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