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Definition of "democracy" []

  • Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. (noun)
  • A political or social unit that has such a government. (noun)
  • The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. (noun)
  • Majority rule. (noun)
  • The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "democracy" in a sentence
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