De·moc·ra·cy n.; pl. Democracies
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.
4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called. [U.S.]
n 1: the political orientation of those who favor government by
the people or by their elected representatives
2: a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body
of citizens who can elect people to represent them [syn: republic,
commonwealth] [ant: autocracy]
3: the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized
group can make decisions binding on the whole group [syn: