democracy

[[t]dɪmɒ̱krəsi[/t]]
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democracies
1) N-UNCOUNT Democracy is a system of government in which people choose their rulers by voting for them in elections.

The spread of democracy in Eastern Europe appears to have had negative as well as positive consequences.

...the pro-democracy movement.

2) N-COUNT: usu supp N A democracy is a country in which the people choose their government by voting for it.

The new democracies face tough challenges.

3) N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N Democracy is a system of running organizations, businesses, and groups in which each member is entitled to vote and take part in decisions.

...the union's emphasis on industrial democracy.


English dictionary. 2008.

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