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democratic as in:  a democratic form of government

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  • Press freedom has also been enshrined by Parliament and is based on the socially and democratically acceptable restrictions of society, that is, the social contract that makes up the framework of a civilized society.†   (source)
  • IT WAS my morning to take care of our breakfast, and I democratically decided on Kate's favorite sticky buns to top off my infamous Monterey Jack cheese and sautéed onion omelet.†   (source)
  • Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?†   (source)
  • Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected?†   (source)
  • The conference was attended by 2,224 voting delegates who were democratically elected at ANC branches at home and abroad.†   (source)
  • Provided it's democratically planned.†   (source)
  • That was as it should be; the fine arts—medicine, law, religion, and finance—recognized as aristocratic; four Yankees democratically chatting with but ruling the Ohioans and Illini and Swedes and Germans who had ventured to follow them.†   (source)
  • Herr Settembrini's attention was called to the implacable principle of aristocracy that lay behind the idea that shame can be inherited: the transference of major guilt to—democratically speaking—innocent offspring; the lifelong blemish attached to natural children, for example, including their lack of legal standing.†   (source)
  • It was said amongst them on all hands that it had been a great mistake of the various governments not to have resisted sooner; and the liberals and radicals (the name as perhaps you may know of the more democratically inclined part of the ruling classes) were much blamed for having led the world to this pass by their mis-timed pedantry and foolish sentimentality: and one Gladstone, or Gledstein (probably, judging by this name, of Scandinavian descent), a notable politician of the nineteenth century, was especially singled out for reprobation in this respect.†   (source)
  • And here I am about to advance a proposition which may remind the reader of what I said before in speaking of municipal freedom: There are no countries in which associations are more needed, to prevent the despotism of faction or the arbitrary power of a prince, than those which are democratically constituted.†   (source)
  • As Burt would put it, mocking the euphemisms of educational jargon, I'm exceptional—a democratic term used to avoid the damning labels of gifted and deprived (which used to mean bright and retarded) and as soon as exceptional begins to mean anything to anyone they'll change it.   (source)
    democratic = popular
  • I should have attacked immediately, while they were off guard, but that seemed undemocratic.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in undemocratic means not and reverses the meaning of democratic. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • All their lip service to democracy, all their blatantly undemocratic behavior!†   (source)
  • I found this odd and undemocratic, but it was the accepted practice.†   (source)
  • The final straw may well have been an another antidemocratic uprising—this one unsuccessful—in 401.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "anti-" in antidemocratic means against or opposite. This is the same pattern you see in words like antiviral, antiaircraft, and antisocial.
  • What it boils down to is an undemocratic racial antagonism —which is exactly what our democratic country is supposed to be fighting against.†   (source)
  • He could only be charged for his actions during the four years preceding his trial in 399 B.C.E. It appears that Socrates, unchastened by the antidemocratic revolts and their aftermaths, resumed his teachings and once again began attracting a similar band of youthful followers.†   (source)
  • I.F. Stone, in his The Trial of Socrates, describes Critias (a cousin of Plato's) as "the first Robespierre," a cruel and inhumane man "determined to remake the city to his own antidemocratic mold whatever the human cost."†   (source)
  • My argument was that it was as undemocratic to specify that the leaders had to be from the working class as to declare that they should be bourgeois intellectuals.†   (source)
  • From my reading of Marxist literature and from conversations with Marxists, I have gained the impression that Communists regard the parliamentary system of the West as undemocratic and reactionary.†   (source)
  • Undemocratic.†   (source)
  • From my reading of Marxist literature and from conversations with Marxists, I have gained the impression that communists regard the parliamentary system of the West as undemocratic and reactionary.†   (source)
  • After 1854, when he renewed his study of the slavery question, Lincoln was particularly acute in showing that the logic of the defenders of slavery was profoundly undemocratic, not only in reference to the Southern scene, but for human relations everywhere.†   (source)
  • The feeling at bottom might have resolved itself simply into a desire for the companionship of elegant and lovely women: neither was able, nor would have dared, to confess this, and Eugene was unable to confess that he was susceptible to the social snub, or the pain of caste inferiority: any suggestion that the companionship of elegant people was preferable to the fellowship of a world of Tarkintons, and its blousy daughters, would have been hailed with heavy ridicule by the family, as another indication of false and undemocratic pride.†   (source)
  • I am afraid I have written too much about my book-friends, and yet I have mentioned only the authors I love most; and from this fact one might easily suppose that my circle of friends was very limited and undemocratic, which would be a very wrong impression.†   (source)
  • For Elective Kings, are not Soveraignes, but Ministers of the Soveraigne; nor limited Kings Soveraignes, but Ministers of them that have the Soveraigne Power: nor are those Provinces which are in subjection to a Democracie, or Aristocracie of another Common-wealth, Democratically, or Aristocratically governed, but Monarchically.†   (source)
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  • Indeed, he delighted in ridiculing the policies of the Democratic Party and was a vocal admirer of Ronald Reagan.†   (source)
  • I told my father that his "Ship 'Em Abroad" program didn't sound too democratic to me, that perhaps included in the freedoms in this country is the freedom to be apathetic.†   (source)
  • They had free, democratic societies, and they left behind rich cultural legacies.†   (source)
  • Some blame race relations and the Democratic Party's embrace of the civil rights movement.†   (source)
  • Welcome to the day we honor the democratic philosophy of our ancestors, which tells us that every man has the right to choose his own way in this world.†   (source)
  • I read and reread one section in particular: The Army was living the democratic ideal ahead of the rest of America.†   (source)
  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India's Constitution.†   (source)
  • The new regime will maintain the utmost respect for principles, both Islamic and democratic.†   (source)
  • Mary Elizabeth wrote an article about the Democratic candidates.†   (source)
  • He was never much for democratic procedures in the first place.†   (source)
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  • But Mr. P isn't a Democratic-, Republican-, Christian-, or Devil-worshipping freak.†   (source)
  • He said the soul of the Circle is democratic.†   (source)
  • Hester had her nose broken while rioting at the site of the Democratic Party's national convention.†   (source)
  • That was democratic, too.†   (source)
  • They herd us into an assembly that is supposed to be a "democratic forum" to come up with a new school mascot.†   (source)
  • Plus, it's not too often that New Hampshire has a Democratic female governor picking a judge.†   (source)
  • Bodily functions at least remain democratic.†   (source)
  • In I wandered, amidst holiday crowds, doing my best to look as if I belonged and ignoring the police who seemed to be standing around nearly everywhere I looked and feeling bewildered and uneasy as the great democratic world swept and surged around me once more: grandparents, students, weary young-marrieds and little kids dragging backpacks; shopping bags and Starbucks cups, rattle of suitcase wheels, teenagers collecting signatures for Greenpeace, back in the hum of human things.†   (source)
  • They bring lower levels of tolerance for corruption and stronger demands for democratic processes, says Honduran immigration expert Maureen Zamora.†   (source)
  • The rotating table fan by the bed measured out its mechanical breeze in exemplary, democratic turns—first lifting what was left of old Mrs. Pillai's hair, then Chacko's.†   (source)
  • Denmark and Belgium may share in a kind of broad European liberal-democratic tradition, but they have different histories, different political structures, different religious traditions, and different languages and food and architecture and literature, going back hundreds and hundreds of years.†   (source)
  • It's like a Democratic presidential candidate marrying a Republican presidential candidate.†   (source)
  • He reads about the riots that took place during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and about Dr. Benjamin Spock, the baby doctor, being sentenced to two years in jail for threatening to counsel draft evaders.†   (source)
  • So while I slept the Hegemony became a formal entity, the Worldweb was spun to something close to its final shape, the All Thing took its democratic place among the list of humanity's benevolent despots, the TechnoCore seceded from human service and then offered its help as an ally rather than a slave, and the Ousters retreated to darkness and the role of Nemesis...but all these things had been creeping toward critical mass even before I was frozen into my ice coffin between the pork bellies and sherbet, and such obvious extensions of old trends took little effort to understand.†   (source)
  • And finally there is the democratic element.†   (source)
  • In order for democracy to work, people had to be educated enough to take part in the democratic process.†   (source)
  • Ideals of personal, democratic and religious freedom.†   (source)
  • I'd had a long day, what with fighting democratic zombies and then getting dropped out of an airplane into the wealthy suburbs of Elitist-heim.†   (source)
  • But people were excited, having just recently gotten the hang of the democratic process.†   (source)
  • Never mind we were invited into a democratic country by its own government.†   (source)
  • Louis Sullivan was equally obsessed by the beneficent idea of Democratic power.†   (source)
  • The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo had issued no word on when—or if—he would be released.†   (source)
  • They were democratic flies.†   (source)
  • Besides, it's in their platform: they've sworn to respect democratic rights.†   (source)
  • In Chicago, a federal grand jury had handed down indictments against eight demonstrators at the Democratic convention the previous summer.†   (source)
  • Occasionally, a single mourner, dreaming of some vanished relationship, stood alone in adoration or revery before a massive memorial—but they mainly evinced, moving restlessly here and there, the democratic gaiety.†   (source)
  • This is a democratic country we're living in.†   (source)
  • Indeed, the Democratic Party did not even run a candidate for Congress there in 2000.†   (source)
  • It was neither fair nor democratic for a transfer to occur in such a manner.†   (source)
  • An Indian-style quota of women officeholders seems to break down gender barriers so that afterward the political system becomes more democratic and open.†   (source)
  • The Democratic geezer asked the lawyer, "You think Jake can win this case for that woman?"†   (source)
  • This is Bill 135...No other democratic country has such legislation.†   (source)
  • Mengistu Haile Mariam, Strength of Mary, Secretary General of the Council of Peasants and Workers, Chairman of the Military Council of Socialist Ethiopia, President-for-Life of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Peoples of Ethiopia, General in Command of the Bureau for Armed Struggle Against Imperial Aggression in Tigre and Eritrea, had adopted an Albanian style of Marxism.†   (source)
  • "No, it's very democratic," I said.†   (source)
  • But that tax cut will be controversial, a hard sell with the new Democratic Congress.†   (source)
  • What about this democratic-ward manure that the doctor was giving me?†   (source)
  • In a typical election period that includes campaigns for the presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, about $1 billion is spent per year—which sounds like a lot of money, unless you care to measure it against something seemingly less important than democratic elections.†   (source)
  • They were decorated with the logos of the civil service union HTF and the Christian Democratic Party, respectively.†   (source)
  • Since opinions vary, there are various kitsches: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Communist, Fascist, democratic, feminist, European, American, national, international.†   (source)
  • That's a huge change, one in the best spirit of our democratic ideals.†   (source)
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