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social democracy

A political theory advocating the use of democratic means to achieve a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism. Also called democratic socialism.

social democrat n.
social democratic adj.
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social democrat

1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any socialist who believes in the gradual transformation of capitalism into democratic socialism
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (usually capital) a member of a Social Democratic Party
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social democrat

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