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synonyms for democracy

  • equality
  • freedom
  • justice
  • commonwealth
  • egalitarianism
  • emancipation
  • equalitarianism
  • republic
  • suffrage
  • liberal government
  • representative government

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What is another name for democracy?

Generally speaking, democracy is government by the people. More specifically, a democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected representatives under a system of free elections.

Many of the world’s democracies are also republics (in which people have the power and wield it through electoral representation). Sometimes, these are referred to as democratic republics.

The words democracy and republic are sometimes used interchangeably. The U.S. is typically considered, for all practical purposes, both a democracy (in a more general sense) and a republic (in a more specific, functional sense). Technically speaking, it can be considered a federal presidential constitutional republic or a constitutional federal representative democracy. (You can see why it’s easier to just call it a democracy.)

Sometimes, the word democracy is used in a very general way to mean political or social equality, or the state of a society where this equality has been formalized.

What are the different types of democracy?

What is the opposite of democracy?

What are antonyms (opposites) of democratic?

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antonyms for democracy

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  • unfairness
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The political winners ritually prosecuting the political losers is not the stuff of a mature democracy.
THE STUNNING HYPOCRISY OF BILL BARRANDREW PROKOPSEPTEMBER 17, 2020VOX
America’s founders did not believe in either concept of democracy, so the fact that the hardboiled compromise between large and small states is inegalitarian did not bother them very much.
AMERICA NEEDS A DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTIONMATTHEW YGLESIASSEPTEMBER 17, 2020VOX
What Strzok makes clear is that democracy depends on Washington getting with the program.
DEMOCRACY DEPENDS ON WASHINGTON IMPROVING ITS TECHADAM LASHINSKYSEPTEMBER 17, 2020FORTUNE
Head to your state’s elections website, spend some time learning how to vote early, and check “participate in democracy” off your to-do list.
WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE (AND HOW TO DO IT)JOHN KENNEDYSEPTEMBER 17, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
It will also be crucial to strengthen democracy and safeguard human rights in response to increasing levels of violence across the region.
BACHELET HIGHLIGHTS LGBTQ RIGHTS ABUSES IN U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SPEECHMICHAEL K. LAVERSSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.
KIM KARDASHIAN, KATY PERRY, AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO PLAN ONE-DAY INSTAGRAM BOYCOTT. HERE’S WHYDANIELLE ABRILSEPTEMBER 15, 2020FORTUNE
We can overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision and cap the amount of money corporations are allowed to donate to political campaigns so they can’t continue to buy elections and favorable legislation in our so-called representative democracy.
HOW WE CAN SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FROM CORONAVIRUS-INDUCED EXTINCTIONMATTHEWHEIMERSEPTEMBER 10, 2020FORTUNE
If democracies make shortsighted decisions and retreat to their own digital shores, they will leave China with more room to control information how it pleases and help other repressive states to do the same.
TRUMP’S TIKTOK BAN ISN’T ‘TOUGH ON CHINA’—IT’S ACTUALLY QUITE THE OPPOSITEJAKEMETHSEPTEMBER 9, 2020FORTUNE
If looting and rioting have no place in a well-functioning democracy, then perhaps we should pause to consider that these are signs that Americans are not, in fact, in a functioning democracy.
KENOSHA’S LOOTING IS A SYMPTOM OF A DECREPIT DEMOCRACYAARON ROSS COLEMANSEPTEMBER 4, 2020VOX
The world’s most populous democracy is now also the world leader in internet shutdowns—ahead of places like Iran, Venezuela and even China.
PODCAST: HOW A 135-YEAR-OLD LAW LETS INDIA SHUTDOWN THE INTERNETANTHONY GREENSEPTEMBER 2, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
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WORDS RELATED TO DEMOCRACY

  • commercialism
  • competition
  • democracy
  • free enterprise
  • free market
  • industrialism
  • laissez faire economics
  • mercantilism
  • private enterprise
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