Democracy De*moc"ra*cy (d[-e]*m[o^]k"r[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl. {Democracies} (d[-e]*m[o^]k"r[.a]*s[i^]z). [F. d['e]mocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.] 1. Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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