democracy (

     n 1: the political orientation of those who favor government by
          the people or by their elected representatives
     2: a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body
        of citizens who can elect people to represent them [syn: republic,
         commonwealth] [ant: autocracy]
     3: the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized
        group can make decisions binding on the whole group [syn:
        majority rule]