[ tek-nok-ruh-see ]
/ tɛkˈnɒk rə si /

noun, plural tech·noc·ra·cies for 2, 3.

a theory and movement, prominent about 1932, advocating control of industrial resources, reform of financial institutions, and reorganization of the social system, based on the findings of technologists and engineers.
a system of government in which this theory is applied.
any application of this theory.

Nearby words

  1. techno,
  2. techno-,
  3. techno-thriller,
  4. technobabble,
  5. technobandit,
  6. technocrat,
  7. technocratic,
  8. technofear,
  9. technography,
  10. technol.

Origin of technocracy

First recorded in 1919; techno- + -cracy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for technocracy


/ (tɛkˈnɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a theory or system of society according to which government is controlled by scientists, engineers, and other experts
a body of such experts
a state considered to be governed or organized according to these principles
Derived Formstechnocrat (ˈtɛknəˌkræt), nountechnocratic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for technocracy



1919, coined by W.H. Smyth in "Industrial Management" as a name for a new system of government by technical experts, from techno- + -cracy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for technocracy


[ (tek-nok-ruh-see) ]

A type of society marked by the dominant role of people with specialized technical skills, particularly engineers.

The control of government and society by people with technical skills, especially engineers.

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