bureaucratic bu‧reau‧crat‧ic [ˌbjʊərəˈkrætɪk◂ ǁ ˌbjʊr-] adjective disapproving
involving or having a lot of complicated and unnecessary official rules:

• The group has had a history of being very bureaucratic and very slow moving

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bureaucratic UK US /ˌbjʊərəʊˈkrætɪk/ adjective DISAPPROVING
MANAGEMENT relating to a system of controlling or managing a country, company, or organization that is operated by a large number of officials: »

The company was inefficient because it was highly bureaucratic.

WORKPLACE involving complicated rules and processes that make something slow and difficult: »

He had to endure nine months of bureaucratic delays before landing a job in his field in March.

bureaucratically adverb

She wanted to move to a smaller, less bureaucratically run company.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • bureaucratic — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ highly …   Collocations dictionary

  • bureaucratic — bu|reau|crat|ic [ ,bjurə krætık ] adjective * involving a lot of complicated rules, details, and processes: a bureaucratic nightmare a. relating to official processes and the people whose job is to make sure that they are followed: bureaucratic… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bureaucratic */ — UK [ˌbjʊərəˈkrætɪk] / US [ˌbjʊrəˈkrætɪk] adjective a) involving a lot of complicated rules, details, and processes a bureaucratic nightmare b) relating to official processes and the people whose job is to make sure that they are followed… …   English dictionary

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  • bureaucratic — adjective Date: 1836 of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a bureaucracy or a bureaucrat < bureaucratic government > • bureaucratically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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