democracy

(noun) A political system in which people vote directly on policy issues or through elected officials that represent them.

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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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How to Cite the Definition of Democracy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/democracy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

democracy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/democracy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 18, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/democracy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“democracy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/democracy/>.