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de•moc•ra•cy



Pronunciation: (di-mok'ru-sē), [key]
n.,
pl. -cies.

1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

demobilizeDemocracy in America
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