Definition of technocracy in English:


Syllabification: tech·noc·ra·cy
Pronunciation: /tekˈnäkrəsē

noun (plural technocracies)

  • 1The government or control of society or industry by an elite of technical experts.
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    • They stand against ‘industrial society in all its forms; against neoliberalism and technocracy, and against corporate crooks and their allies in government’.
    • With the decline of the critical intellectual, the thinker gives way to the expert, politics yields to technocracy, and culture and education lapse into forms of social therapy.
    • Admittedly, this optimism was tempered by his faith in democracy, and his hints about the growing threat of technocracy to democracy.
  • 1.1An instance or application of technocracy.
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    • I do believe direct representation should be the defining aspect of democracy and what you find in Europe is more a ruling technocracy than a democracy.
    • I had already done a theocratic technocracy, so why not a feudal democracy?
    • Not in so many words, she viewed my new handset as just another exotic creation of a transnational technocracy using technology to get us to spend our obsessive consumerist, materialist dollars.
  • 1.2An elite of technical experts.
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    • So you're not worried about the development of a sort of elite technocracy running the global brain machines?
    • I say despite itself, because to advance its legitimacy, the technocracy has promoted an exaggerated secularization of society that is simultaneously radical and very damaging.
    • Thus, the highest positions of prestige and authority would be assumed by a meritocratic elite of intelligence and creativity: the technocracy.


early 20th century: from Greek tekhnē 'art, craft' + -cracy.

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