democratic

Things that are democratic are ruled by the people, for the people. A basic democratic process involves letting everyone vote on what they think is best for the whole group.

Democratic government started thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, but it's still catching on all over the world. A dictatorship or monarchy is ruled by one person, but in a democratic society, or a democracy, the people rule. Even though there is a leader — a President in the United States — he or she is elected by the people. Anything that allows people more say in the government is democratic.

Definitions of democratic
  1. adjective
    characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality
    democratic government”
    “a democratic country”
    “"a democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords"- George du Maurier”
    Synonyms:
    antiauthoritarian
    opposed to authoritarianism
    classless, egalitarian
    favoring social equality
    parliamentary
    having the supreme legislative power resting with a body of cabinet ministers chosen from and responsible to the legislature or parliament
    parliamentary
    in accord with rules and customs of a legislative or deliberative assembly
    participatory
    affording the opportunity for individual participation
    popular
    carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large
    representative
    being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives
    republican
    having the supreme power lying in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them or characteristic of such government
    elected, elective
    subject to popular election
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    Antonyms:
    undemocratic
    not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals
    authoritarian, autocratic, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannic, tyrannical
    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
    despotic
    ruled by or characteristic of a despot
    monarchal, monarchic, monarchical
    ruled by or having the supreme power resting with a monarch
    totalitarian
    characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control
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  2. adjective
    representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large
    democratic art forms”
    “a democratic or popular movement”
    synonyms: popular
    common
    having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
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