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Topic: CITIZENSHIP

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: democratie, from Greek demokratia, from demos 'people' + -kratia 'rule'

democracy

noun
     
de‧moc‧ra‧cy W2 plural democracies
1 [uncountable]PG a system of government in which every citizen in the country can vote to elect its government officials:
a return to democracy after 16 years of military rule
2 [countable]PG a country that has a government which has been elected by the people of the country:
Western democracies
3 [uncountable]PGC a situation or system in which everyone is equal and has the right to vote, make decisions etc [↪ democratic]:
democracy within the trade unions
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