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par·lia·men·ta·ry democ·ra·cy

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  1. parliamentary democracynoun

    a democracy having a parliament


  1. parliamentary democracy

    Representative democracy, also known as indirect democracy, is a type of democracy where elected people represent a group of people, in contrast to direct democracy. Nearly all modern Western-style democracies function as some type of representative democracy: for example, the United Kingdom (a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy), Germany (a federal parliamentary republic), France (a unitary semi-presidential republic), and the United States (a federal presidential republic).Representative democracy can function as an element of both the parliamentary and the presidential systems of government. It typically manifests in a lower chamber such as the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, and the Lok Sabha of India, but may be curtailed by constitutional constraints such as an upper chamber and judicial review of legislation. Some political theorists (including Robert Dahl, Gregory Houston, and Ian Liebenberg) have described representative democracy as polyarchy. Representative democracy places power in the hands of representatives who are elected by the people. Political parties often become central to this form of democracy if electoral systems require or encourage voters to vote for political parties or for candidates associated with political parties (as opposed to voting for individual representatives).


  1. parliamentary democracy

    A parliamentary democracy is a type of democratic system of government where the executive branch derives its legitimacy from, and is accountable to, the legislative branch. The executive and legislative branches are interconnected, with the head of state, often a prime minister, being a member of the legislature. Decisions are made by majority vote, and the government has direct accountability to parliament.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parliamentary democracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parliamentary democracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of parliamentary democracy in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Karli:

    There will no longer be a centralization of power at the hands of the president, the presidency will become a symbolic office and Turkey will revert back to the parliamentary democracy that it was since 1921.

  2. The FDP Lindner:

    We're ashamed, because we made The AfD possible for the AfD to ridicule us, and through us parliamentary democracy, there can be no cooperation with a party like The AfD.

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