- a person who advocates a gradual transition to socialism or a modified form of socialism by and under democratic political processes.
- Social Democrat. (especially in Europe) a member of any of certain Social Democratic parties.
Origin of social democrat
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for social democrat
On Wednesday, the social-democrat named fellow moderates to key economic posts at Finance, Labor, Budget, and Social Affairs.French President François Hollande Goes to Washington
May 18, 2012
The social-democrat now becomes the principal opponent to President Nicolas Sarkozy's reelection bid next spring.Can Sarkozy Survive?
October 17, 2011
Against his will, for he was a social-democrat, he accepted the offer.
A weekly paper, the Social-Democrat, was established at Zrich.
It follows that the time spent in prison and exile is about one-third of the time a Social-Democrat is active.Our Revolution
- any socialist who believes in the gradual transformation of capitalism into democratic socialism
- (usually capital) a member of a Social Democratic Party
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