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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Democracy  \De*moc"ra*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Democracies}.  [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. 
 
  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. 
 
  3.  Collectively,  the  people,  regarded  as  the  source  of 
  government.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  The  principles  and  policy  of  the  Democratic  party,  so 
  called  [U.S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  democracy 
  n  1:  the  political  orientation  of  those  who  favor  government  by 
  the  people  of  by  their  elected  representatives 
  2:  a  political  system  governed  by  the  people  or  their 
  representatives  [syn:  {republic},  {commonwealth}]  [ant:  {autocracy}] 




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