from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A government or social system controlled by technicians, especially scientists and technical experts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A system of governance where people who are skilled or proficient govern in their respective areas of expertise. A type of meritocracy based on people's ability and knowledge in a given area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. government by technical specialists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control


Greek tekhnē, skill; see technical + -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
techno- (“technical”, “technicians”) + -cracy (“rule by”) (Wiktionary)



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