Definition of social democracy in English:

social democracy

Line breaks: so¦cial dem|oc¦racy

noun

[mass noun]
  • A socialist system of government achieved by democratic means: there was a growth of social democracy through an extension of the rights of citizens
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    • On yet further occasions, she seems to represent a new intellectual phenomenon: militant social democracy.
    • In fact, almost the entire left today believes in highly regulated capitalism, or social democracy.
    • In his first Observer article Hattersley complained that meritocracy was incompatible with social democracy.

Derivatives

social democrat

noun
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  • The social democrats gambled on bourgeois democracy and the stability of capitalism.
  • Politically, this tradition of progressive modernism has been tied to various leftist currents of thought, whether Marxist or social democrat.
  • He might have described himself as a conservative social democrat, of the sort that might plausibly gravitate toward neoconservatism.

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