We reexamine the democratic neutrino mixing ansatz, in which the mass matrices of charged leptons and Majorana neutrinos arise, respectively, from the explicit breaking of S(3)(L) x S(3)(R) and S(3) flavor symmetries. It is shown that a democracy term in the neutrino sector can naturally allow the ansatz to fit the solar neutrino mixing angle theta(sun) approximate to 33degrees. We predict sin(2)2theta(atm) approximate to 0.95 for atmospheric neutrino mixing and J approximate to 1.2% for leptonic CP violation in neutrino oscillations without any fine-tuning. Direct relations between the model parameters and experimental observables are also discussed. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.