democracy has definitions from the field of politics
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[ noun ] (politics) the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives

Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

When I question them as_to what they mean by concepts like liberty and democracy , I find that they fall_into two categories : the simpler ones who have simply accepted the shibboleths of their faith without analysis ; and the intelligent , cynical ones who scornfully reply that these things do n't count any_more in the world of to-day .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

Our weapons production , our world prestige , our ideas of democracy , our actions of trust or stubbornness or secrecy or espionage ?

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[ noun ] (politics) a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

Used in print

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

How did it happen , for_example , that the state university , that great symbol of American democracy , failed to flourish in New_England as it did in other parts of the country ?

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

Its refrain was : `` Let us return to the individualistic democracy of our forefathers for our salvation '' .

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

Anyone who tried to remedy some of the most glaring defects in our form of democracy was denounced as a traitorous red whose real purpose was the destruction of our government .

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[ noun ] (politics) the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group

Synonyms

majority_rule

Related terms

doctrine

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