Meaning of bureaucratic in English:


See synonyms for bureaucratic

Translate bureaucratic into Spanish


  • 1Relating to a system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives.

    ‘well-established bureaucratic procedures’
    • ‘The sheer size of the project speaks volumes about the overly bureaucratic weight of Tokyo's government.’
    • ‘In short, both nations must sharply reduce their traditional bureaucratic power.’
    • ‘The State Department is actually something of a bureaucratic minnow.’
    • ‘In addition to control, Congress also emphasizes bureaucratic accountability.’
    • ‘Its Government reacted by cutting 40 years of bureaucratic control in seven hours.’
    • ‘For that kind of money, we deserve bureaucrats who aren't very bureaucratic.’
    • ‘The circulars created formidable bureaucratic regulations to collect the tariff, with those importing goods via railways facing particularly onerous requirements.’
    • ‘The bureaucratic spirit pertains rather to stuffy Confucians, who foolishly imagine that the way to fulfill human potential is through service in officialdom.’
    • ‘But the world was to pay a price beyond imagining for the consolidation of bureaucratic misrule in the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘There are two reasons for this: firstly, the process of medical decision making is now indistinguishable from other types of bureaucratic administration.’
    • ‘Surely, he cannot any longer be expected to bear the full brunt of our judicial and bureaucratic bungles.’
    • ‘Others have applied anthropology to community development, but outside the conventional bureaucratic channels of government agencies.’
    • ‘A totally critical framework does not allow space for constructive struggle with and against varied bureaucratic factions.’
    • ‘Successful projects require enormous cooperation and creativity to incorporate nontraditional activities into a rigid bureaucratic system.’
    • ‘The specialization of employee jobs cannot be as extensive as is possible in large and bureaucratic types of organizations.’
    • ‘Faced with centrally organized and bureaucratic state apparatuses, dissident actors can adjust organizationally, moving towards more networked forms of organization.’
    • ‘By creating a legal and bureaucratic route to union representation and contract negotiations, the National Labor Relations Act largely obviated recognition strikes.’
    • ‘Social and bureaucratic structures display similar evolutionary patterns as well.’
    • ‘What is needed is a genuinely long-term approach that gives Pakistan the time and guidance necessary to emerge as an enlightened continental bureaucratic state.’
    • ‘They are accustomed to consider democratic government as the best system of government and bureaucratic management as one of the great evils.’
    administrative, official, procedural, red-tape, governmental, ministerial, state, civic, constitutional, political
    rule-bound, rigid, inflexible, complicated
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Over-concerned with procedure at the expense of efficiency or common sense.
      ‘the scheme is overly bureaucratic and complex’
      • ‘Department of Motor Vehicles now strangled with bureaucratic red tape.’
      • ‘The strength of the poem comes from the bureaucratic sterility with which a Vietnam veteran sees the memorial.’
      • ‘The new philanthropy consciously challenges the cautious, bureaucratic style of many of today's foundations.’
      • ‘The whole vast, unwieldy bureaucratic mass was beginning to move.’
      • ‘Many veterans are angry about the bureaucratic hurdles faced by the Iraqis who often came to work with a price on their heads.’
      • ‘Yet an important aspect of bureaucratic power is relationships with people who receive its actions or use its services.’
      • ‘The bureaucratic struggle would resume, this time without the imperative of re-election hanging over both sides.’
      • ‘He reflected the mindset of a person who was caught up in a bizarre bureaucratic maze that he had no control over.’
      • ‘Once those databases exist, their uses will doubtless expand, consistent with typical bureaucratic mission creep.’
      • ‘In sum, it was a bureaucratic time system.’
      • ‘This type of tragedy used to be met with a bureaucratic shrug of indifference.’
      • ‘During time-critical events, this bureaucratic delay can result in missed opportunities by satellites with limited observation windows.’
      • ‘But when her daughter-in-law tried to protect herself with the new identity, she found herself in a web of bureaucratic confusion.’
      • ‘Too many of their proposed improvements and developments of services were frustrated by what they perceived as bureaucratic hurdles.’
      • ‘Many do not receive the basic support they may be entitled to because the system is badly designed, extremely bureaucratic and poorly run.’
      • ‘The problem is reported as being a mixture of incompetence, inexperience and bureaucratic infighting.’
      • ‘But the so called ' leaders ' keep mum and even some of them encourage the bureaucrats to carry on with their bureaucratic bunglings.’
      • ‘She's also got the ability to play that kind of inside hand in the bureaucratic games that happen inside any government.’
      • ‘According to administrators of several private higher education institutions and some ministry officials, the procedure for gaining state recognition is quite long and bureaucratic.’
      • ‘But the Stephensons still faced a lengthy bureaucratic ordeal in order for an official identification to take place.’
      rule-bound, rigid, inflexible, complicated
      View synonyms



/ˌbjɔːrəˈkratɪk/ /ˌbjʊərəˈkratɪk/