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I am working on GRE words but I have some problem with the meaning of "Gerontocracy". My book suggested "government by the aged" but I can't get it. Help me please.

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closed as general reference by Jim, jwpat7, Andrew Leach, Carlo_R., Bill Franke Jan 20 '13 at 23:38

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How 'bout if we said government by old people? –  Jim Jan 20 '13 at 23:35
Or Government by elders. –  jwpat7 Jan 20 '13 at 23:37
ODO: mid 19th century: from Greek gerōn, geront- 'old man' + -cracy, combining form denoting a particular form of government, rule, or influence. –  Andrew Leach Jan 20 '13 at 23:37
I understand each of words but I can't understand it all :( –  MySky Jan 20 '13 at 23:38
Concrete example: It means that you have to be more than 65 or 70 years old to be elected or appointed to public office, to be king or queen, or to be the dictator of the country. All positions of political power can be held only by people over 65 or 70. Is it clear now? –  user21497 Jan 20 '13 at 23:42

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