Meaning of “democratic” in the English Dictionary

"democratic" in British English

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democraticadjective

uk /ˌdem.əˈkræt.ɪk/ us /ˌdem.əˈkræt̬.ɪk/

B2 based on the principles of democracy:

We must accept the results of a democratic election (= an election in which all people can vote).
Do you think Australia is a more democratic country than Britain?

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  • The 1990s have seen a shift to democratic government in Eastern Europe.
  • The president has promised a new constitution and the creation of democratic power structures.
  • These will be the first truly democratic elections in the country's history.
  • How can there be democratic elections without a free press?
  • We must do more to smooth the country's path to democratic reform.
democratically
adverb uk /ˌdem.əˈkræt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌdem.əˈkræt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

We need to decide this democratically (= based on the wishes of most of the people).
Yeltsin was Russia's first democratically elected president.

(Definition of “democratic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"democratic" in American English

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democraticadjective

/ˌdem·əˈkræt̬·ɪk/

politics & government using the principles of democracy in elections and government:

That country has never had a democratic election (= an election in which all adults can vote).
Australia is a democratic country.

A person or a group that is democratic believes in, encourages, or supports freedom and equality between people and groups:

a democratic society

(Definition of “democratic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"democratic" in Business English

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democraticadjective

uk /ˌdeməˈkrætɪk/ us

POLITICS based on the principles of democracy:

a democratic society
democratic elections

WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a democratic system or organization allows everyone to be treated equally and to be involved in making decisions:

Employee ownership and open-book management are common practices in most democratic workplaces.
Democratic

POLITICS relating to or supporting the Democratic Party in the US:

Democratic policies
Democratic voters

(Definition of “democratic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)