- rule by the people
- A government said to be under the direct or representative rule of the people of the jurisdiction in question.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n.; pl. Democracies (-
s&ibreve;z). [F. démocratie, fr. Gr.
dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people +
kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos
strength.] 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. Milton.
4. The principles and policy of the
Democratic party, so called. [U.S.]
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Democracy has been defined to be government of the people by the
people and for the people, or as a State in which the government rests
directly with the majority of the citizens, but this under the protest of
some that it is not an end but a means "to the attainment of a truer and
truer aristocracy, or government again by the Best."
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