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Polity vs. Democracy

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Politynoun

(politics) An organizational structure of the government of a state, church, etc.

Democracynoun

(uncountable) Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).

Politynoun

(political science) A politically organized unit; a state.

‘Different nations have different forms of polities, from provinces and states to territories and municipalities.’;

Democracynoun

A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.

Politynoun

The form or constitution of the civil government of a nation or state; the framework or organization by which the various departments of government are combined into a systematic whole.

Democracynoun

(uncountable) Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".

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Politynoun

Hence: The form or constitution by which any institution is organized; the recognized principles which lie at the foundation of any human institution.

‘Nor is possible that any form of polity, much less polity ecclesiastical, should be good, unless God himself be author of it.’;

Democracynoun

Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people.

Politynoun

Policy; art; management.

Democracynoun

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.

Politynoun

the form of government of a social organization

Democracynoun

Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government.

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Politynoun

a politically organized unit

Democracynoun

The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called.

Politynoun

shrewd or crafty management of public affairs;

‘we was innocent of stratagems and polity’;

Democracynoun

the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives

Polity

A polity is an identifiable political entity—any group of people who have a collective identity, who are organized by some form of institutionalized social relations, and have a capacity to mobilize resources. A polity can be any other group of people organized for governance (such as a corporate board), the government of a country, country subdivision, or a sovereign state.

Democracynoun

a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

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Democracynoun

the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group

Democracy

Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία, dēmokratiā, from dēmos 'people' and kratos 'rule') refers to a form of government in which the people either have the authority to choose their governing legislators, or the authority to decide on legislation. Who is considered part of the people and how authority is shared among or delegated by the people has changed over time and at different speeds in different countries, but more and more of the inhabitants of countries have generally been included.

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