Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, characterized by, or advocating democracy: democratic government; a democratic union.
  • adj. Of or for the people in general; popular: a democratic movement; democratic art forms.
  • adj. Believing in or practicing social equality: "a proper democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords” ( George du Maurier).
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Democratic Party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to democracy; favoring democracy, or constructed upon the principle of government by the people.
  • adj. Relating to a political party so called; usually, Democratic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to democracy; favoring democracy, or constructed upon the principle of government by the people.
  • adj. belonging to or relating to the Democratic party, the political party so called.
  • adj. Befitting the common people; -- opposed to aristocratic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of democracy as a principle of government.
  • [cap. or lowercase] In U.S. politics, of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Democratic party; being a supporter of the Democratic party: as, a Democratic newspaper; the Democratic platform; a Democratic convention.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of democracy as a social principle; maintaining or manifesting equal natural rights and privileges; hence, free from forced inequality or servility; being on a common level: opposed to aristocratic: as, a democratic community or assemblage; democratic manners.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belong to or relating to the Democratic Party
  • adj. characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality
  • adj. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

Etymologies

democrat +‎ -ic; see democracy; also influenced indirectly by Middle French democratique and directly by Ancient Greek δημοκρᾰτικός (demokratikos, "of or for democracy", "favoring or suited for democracy") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So let's see, all the Dixiecrats that left the Democratic party due to blacks and civil rights to become republicans, now will return to the democratic party of abortion and gay rights.

    Will Dem House Takeover Spark Future GOP Defections?

  • Most of us used to believe in the Democratic process, however, Nancy Pelosi, who "took impeachment off the table", cheated the democratic process and instead bowed to King Bush.

    At Last Liberals Get Angry

  • There are no sure bets in politics, and money alone is not the key barometer to electability, just ask Democratic moneybags, and key Clinton Confidant Terry McAuliffe who ran and lost the democratic primary in Virginia for Governor.

    Interview with Mark Foley

  • I hope Howard Dean will let Crist and his right wing legislature know, in no uncertain terms, that they will not have any effect upon Democratic policy, unless they choose to pay for an re-run the democratic primary election.

    Printing: DNC and Howard Dean Should Tell Florida Republicans and Gov Crist Where to Go

  • Lieberman says he has his own reasons for refusing to give up the Senate bid: if he quit now, his successor would be picked by the state's Democratic committee, rather than by the voters, thereby subverting the democratic process.

    Missouri Grieves For A Friend

  • Democratic national convention: the Chamber sent its government relations employees to the democratic and republican national conventions - here's what ...

    Dimwitted Political Strategy

  • But the prolonged debate offers a real opportunity not only for Democratic electoral victory in the fall, but for democratic politics beyond.

    Dick Flacks: The Primary Is A Great Democratic Opportunity

  • In this Democratic version of an imperfect tie, both candidates would appeal to an aspect of the democratic principle, and both would have a strong case.

    What a Long, Strange Race It's Been

  • LONG: There is a big Democratic Party convention this weekend in Florida, but none of the major democratic presidential candidates are showing up.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2007

  • STEPHANIE CUTTER, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Well, on the democratic side, Hillary clearly has the momentum.

    CNN Transcript Oct 8, 2007

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