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Noun: bureaucracy  byû'rók-ru-see
  1. Nonelective government officials
    - bureaucratism
  2. A government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
  3. Any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape
  4. Complicated structures and regulations in place to control activity

Derived forms: bureaucracies

Type of: authorities, government, government officials, officialdom, organisation [Brit], organization, regime

Encyclopedia: Bureaucracy