Definitions for: Democracy


[n] the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
[n] the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives
[n] a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them



Webster (1913) Definition: De*moc"ra*cy, n.; pl. Democracies. [F.
d['e]mocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people +
kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.]
1. Government by the people; a form of government in which
the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by
the people.

2. Government by popular representation; a form of government
in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but
is indirectly exercised through a system of representation
and delegated authority periodically renewed; a
constitutional representative government; a republic.

3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of
government. --Milton.

4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so
called. [U.S.]

Synonyms: commonwealth, majority rule, republic

Antonyms: autarchy, autocracy

See Also: doctrine, form of government, ideology, ism, parliamentary democracy, philosophy, political orientation, political system, political theory, school of thought

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