What does democracy mean?

Definitions for democracydɪˈmɒk rə si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word democracy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. democracy(noun)

    the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives

  2. democracy, republic, commonwealth(noun)

    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

  3. majority rule, democracy(noun)

    the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group


  1. democracy(Noun)

    Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).

  2. democracy(Noun)

    A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.

  3. democracy(Noun)

    Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".

  4. Origin: from democratie (French démocratie), from democratia, from δημοκρατία, from δῆμος + κράτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Democracy(noun)

    government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people

  2. Democracy(noun)

    government by popular representation; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but is indirectly exercised through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed; a constitutional representative government; a republic

  3. Democracy(noun)

    collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government

  4. Democracy(noun)

    the principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called

  5. Origin: [F. dmocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.]


  1. Democracy

    Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. The term originates from the Greek δημοκρατία "rule of the people", which was coined from δῆμος "people" and κράτος "power" or "rule" in the 5th century BCE to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens; the term is an antonym to ἀριστοκρατία "rule of an elite". While theoretically these definitions are in opposition, in practice the distinction has been blurred historically. The political system of Classical Athens, for example, granted democratic citizenship to an elite class of free men and excluded slaves and women from political participation. In virtually all democratic governments throughout ancient and modern history, democratic citizenship consisted of an elite class until full enfranchisement was won for all adult citizens in most modern democracies through the suffrage movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. The English word dates to the 16th century, from the older Middle French and Middle Latin equivalents.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Democracy

    de-mok′ra-si, n. a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people collectively, and is administered by them or by officers appointed by them: the people, esp. the common people in the United States, the democratic party—also Democ′raty (Milt.).—n. Dem′ocrat, one who adheres to or promotes democracy as a principle: a member of the democratic party in the United States, who preserve carefully the local liberties of states and of individuals, opposing national centralisation, and supporting a wide franchise, low tariff duties for the interests of the revenue rather than protection, and a limited public expenditure.—adjs. Democrat′ic, -al, relating to democracy: insisting on equal rights and privileges for all.—adv. Democrat′ically.—adj. Democratifī′able, capable of being made democratic.—v.t. Democratise′, to render democratic.—n. Democ′ratist, a democrat. [O. Fr.,—Gr. dēmokratiadēmos, the people, and kratein, to rule—kratos, strength.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Democracy

    has been defined to be government of the people by the people and for the people, or as a State in which the government rests directly with the majority of the citizens, but this under the protest of some that it is not an end but a means "to the attainment of a truer and truer aristocracy, or government again by the Best."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. democracy

    1. A form of government by popular ignorance. 2. The dwarf's paradise. 3. Any political system where male votes are substitutes for brains. (This word comes from the Abracadabra: "demo," lungs; "crazy," to rule; hence, to rule by caloric.)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Democracy

    A system of government in which there is free and equal participation by the people in the political decision-making process.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A mysterious country, bounded on the east by Richard Olney, on the west by Willie Bryan, on the north by Dave Hill and on the south by Bennie Pitchfork Tillman.

Editors Contribution

  1. democracy

    A form of government with a fair voting system that ensures a form of proportional representation that reflects and represents the collective and inclusive interest and will of the eligible electorate, citizens and people of the country and their jurisdiction, that empowers the will of the eligible electorate, citizens and people and provides them with the vital processes, procedures, structures, systems and technology to ensure they are consulted directly on the proposal, development and creation of governmental constitution, policies, procedures, structures, systems, law and legislation to ensure the collective and inclusive choices, interest, opinion, will and voices of the eligible electorate, citizens and people of the country are heard.

    Democracy is vital to the creation of sustainable peace between ALL nations on planet Earth and to ensure the citizens, people and the eligible electorate are consulted in the proposal, development and creation of laws and legislation to ensure a fair, just, equal and inclusive society that works for the benefit of ALL.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2466

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2661

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Nouns Frequency: #999


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of democracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of democracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alberto Fujimori:

    Democracy is not at risk.

  2. Orrin Hatch:

    That's what democracy is.

  3. Pat Lynch:

    Democracy is a good thing.

  4. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show: Referring to the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 election.:

    Democracy works. Against us.

  5. Liz Cheney:

    Writing her book about democracy!

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