noun (plural democracies)[mass noun]
- 1A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives: a system of parliamentary democracyMore example sentences
- The British system of representative democracy has always abhorred referendums on moral issues.
- People asserted themselves to save democracy and the parliamentary system was restored.
- This is their chance to breathe new life into our system of Parliamentary democracy.
- 1.1 [count noun] A state governed under a system of democracy: a multiparty democracyMore example sentences
- So will our government work with other democracies to dismantle the tax havens?
- The House of Commons sits for more days and more hours than any other legislature in the large democracies.
- There can be and have been intolerant democracies and reasonably tolerant autocracies.
- 1.2Control of an organization or group by the majority of its members: the intended extension of industrial democracyMore example sentences
- Most importantly, he argues, it lacked any real expansion of democracy or workers' control.
- Indeed their rulers have tried to eliminate those who stood for genuine workers' control and democracy.
- Even more important to the majority rule of democracy is how well we safeguard more vulnerable minorities.
- 1.3The practice or principles of social equality: demands for greater democracyMore example sentences
- They believed it would uphold the principles of democracy and social equality.
- Real democracy demands social equality rather than merely the right to vote.
- Under such conditions, democracy, equality and political rights stood no chance.
late 16th century: from French démocratie, via late Latin from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos 'the people' + -kratia 'power, rule'.