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Syllabification: bu·reau·crat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌbyo͝orəˈkradik

Definition of bureaucratic in English:


1Relating to the business of running an organization, or government: well-established bureaucratic procedures
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Overly concerned with procedure at the expense of efficiency or common sense: the plan is overly bureaucratic and complex
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌbyo͝orəˈkratik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Indeed, such reductions would be needed to avoid creating a colossal institution that would be bureaucratically hide-bound and too sluggish to respond to the post-Cold War world.
  • Also, it is larger, more bureaucratically active, more political, more partisan, more purposeful, and more influential than anything similar in American history.
  • At the same time, academic freedom (that is, some lack of standardization and bureaucratically imposed structure) is essential to teach students to think.

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