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Monday, October 23, 2006

We Live In a Democratic Republic Not A Democracy

Words For the Week

(plural de·moc·ra·cies)


1. free and equal representation of people: the free and equal right of every person to participate in a system of government, often practiced by electing representatives of the people by the majority of the people

2. democratic nation: a country with a government that has been elected freely and equally by all its citizens

3. democratic system of government: a system of government based on the principle of majority decision-making

4. control of organization by members: the control of an organization by its members, who have a free and equal right to participate in decision-making processes

[Late 16th century. Directly or via French < medieval Latin democratia < Greek dēmokratia "rule of the people" < dēmos "people" + kratos "rule"]

(plural re·pub·lics)


1. political system with elected representatives: a political system or form of government in which people elect representatives to exercise power for them

2. state with elected representatives: a country or other political unit whose government or political system is that of a republic

3. unit within larger country: a constituent political and territorial unit of a national federation or union

4. group with collective interests: a group of people who are considered to be equals and who have a collective interest, objective, or vocation ( formal ) the republic of letters

[Late 16th century. Via French république < Latin res publica "public matter"]

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