Meaning of democratic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɛməˈkratɪk/

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  • 1Relating to or supporting democracy or its principles.

    ‘democratic countries’
    • ‘democratic government’
    • ‘What people see as democratic principles may sometimes have to be compromised.’
    • ‘In theory, the fund supports democratic institutions in the nations it assists.’
    • ‘You also think our freedoms will be reined in and our democracy will be less democratic.’
    • ‘There is a danger, however, that the structures of the new union will be less democratic.’
    • ‘For the first time ever, almost half of the world's governments are now democratic.’
    • ‘The paper supported the broad democratic movements that had made the revolution.’
    • ‘Why is she not more widely praised for her liberal principles and democratic acumen?’
    • ‘He has huge influence on economic policy without the slightest democratic check on him.’
    • ‘We must try to live up to our stated principles of human rights, the rule of law and democratic government.’
    • ‘Like most of the new businessmen, he saw the link between democratic reforms and the free market.’
    • ‘The methods available to some kinds of regimes are not part of the democratic repertoire.’
    • ‘Some progress has been made on democratic and judicial control, but major deficits persist.’
    • ‘This prosecution is an infringement of the democratic rights of everyone who lives in the borough.’
    • ‘We must stand as firmly as we ever have done to ensure that the democratic tradition lives.’
    • ‘The differences between these two types of democratic practices are profound.’
    • ‘It was much easier to investigate in this country because there are more democratic rights there.’
    • ‘It is far more democratic for those who are thinking about striking to get together in a big meeting to discuss it.’
    • ‘I do not think it is healthy in any democratic parliament to have that sort of a majority.’
    • ‘He stated that a democratic federal pluralistic and parliamentary state should also be set up.’
    • ‘He sees the need for sound democratic political activity about economic and social issues.’
    elected, representative, parliamentary, popular, of the people, populist
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    1. 1.1Favouring or characterized by social equality; egalitarian.
      ‘cycling is a very democratic activity which can be enjoyed by anyone’
      • ‘In many ways, running is the most democratic of sports.’
      • ‘It is a democratic sport for all people of all ages.’
      • ‘Most of all, footbag kicking is a democratic sport.’
  • 2

    (also Democratic)
    (in the US) relating to the Democratic Party.

    ‘a Democratic fundraiser’
    • ‘a Democratic governor’
    • ‘In July and August the Democratic and Republican parties hold their nominating conventions.’
    • ‘He brought a variety of Democratic congressmen on stage to wave at the crowd.’
    • ‘No member of the Democratic congressional leadership commented on his charges.’
    • ‘The unions have promoted the idea that a Democratic mayor would be sympathetic to the teachers.’
    • ‘At the Democratic national convention last week, big business put on its biggest party at a political event.’
    • ‘What we need to do now is to widen this circle to include the many new members of the Democratic family.’
    • ‘He is the frontrunner with Democratic voters in every part of the country.’
    • ‘His triumph in the Democratic primary was as much a surprise to him as to his adversaries.’
    • ‘His Democratic opponents have wisely raised this as an election issue.’
    • ‘Both the Republican and Democratic camps are becoming wary of a backlash.’
    • ‘I haven't been following the Democratic convention in Boston very closely yet.’
    • ‘It was the Democrats protesting against Democrats in office in a Democratic city.’
    • ‘He doesn't offer much of in the way of an alternative Democratic policy on national security and defense.’
    • ‘The newspaper has been profiling the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President.’
    • ‘However, the final report in May could also find fault with the preceding Democratic administration.’
    • ‘He still holds a modest lead over his Democratic rival.’
    • ‘If you generally vote Democratic, what would it take to make you vote Republican?’


Early 17th century from French démocratique, via medieval Latin from Greek dēmokratikos, from dēmokratia (see democracy).