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DEMOCRATIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does democratic mean? 

DEMOCRATIC (adjective)
  The adjective DEMOCRATIC has 3 senses:

1. characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality
2. belong to or relating to the Democratic Party
3. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

  Familiarity information: DEMOCRATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEMOCRATIC (adjective)


Sense 1democratic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality

Context examples:

democratic government / a democratic country / a democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords

Similar:

republican (having the supreme power lying in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them or characteristic of such government)

representative (being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives)

popular (carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large)

participatory (affording the opportunity for individual participation)

parliamentary (in accord with rules and customs of a legislative or deliberative assembly)

parliamentary (having the supreme legislative power resting with a body of cabinet ministers chosen from and responsible to the legislature or parliament)

classless; egalitarian (favoring social equality)

antiauthoritarian (opposed to authoritarianism)

Also:

elected; elective (subject to popular election)

Antonym:

undemocratic (not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals)


Sense 2democratic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belong to or relating to the Democratic Party

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Democratic senator

Pertainym:

democrat (an advocate of democratic principles)


Sense 3democratic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

Synonyms:

democratic; popular

Context examples:

democratic art forms / a democratic or popular movement / popular thought / popular science / popular fiction

Similar:

common (having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual)


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