social democracy

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  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.

  1. Social Democracy. the principles and policies of any of certain Social Democratic parties, especially in Europe.

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Origin of social democracy

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for social democracy

social democracy

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

Derived forms of social democracy

  • social democratic, adjective

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