(noun) “[A] form of government that provides all citizens with an equal voice or vote in determining state policy” (OpenStax College 2012).

Audio Pronunciation: (de·moc·ra·cy)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: democracies
  • When democracy is introduced to a culture, the existing political system is (verb) democratized to become more (adjective) democratic.
  • The spirit of democracy is called democratism.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Forms of Government. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (