Democratic and authoritarian traits

This week we grapple with typologies of regimes that have gone through incomplete democratic transition and, therefore, exhibit both democratic and authoritarian traits. Such regimes have been characterized as hybrid regimes, illiberal democracies, and competitive authoritarianism. After reading the weekly materials, respond to the following question:

Is the term illiberal democracy (or ‘competitive authoritarianism’ for that matter) oxymoronic (a contradiction in terms)? Is it possible for a regime to be both authoritarian and democratic? If yes, in what sense could that be true, and what might be the limitations of this claim? If not, why not? Why would a polity with some democratic and some authoritarian features not qualify as falling into either category?