Definition of Government

1. Noun. The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit. "The matter was referred to higher authorities"

2. Noun. The act of governing; exercising authority. "He had considerable experience of government"

3. Noun. (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed. "Tyrannical government"
Category relationships: Administration, Governance, Governing, Government Activity
Generic synonyms: System, System Of Rules
Derivative terms: Govern

4. Noun. The study of government of states and other political units.

Definition of Government

1. n. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.

Definition of Government

1. Noun. The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization. ¹

2. Noun. A group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory. ¹

3. Noun. The state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power. ¹

4. Noun. The management or control of a system. ¹

5. Noun. The tenure of a chief of state. ¹

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Definition of Government

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Medical Definition of Government

1. The complex of political institutions, laws, and customs through which the function of governing is carried out in a specific political unit. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Government

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governing body
government (current term)
government activity
government agencies
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government bond
government building
government cheese
government department
government hospital
government income
government issue
government issues

Literary usage of Government

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law by John William Burgess (1890)
"DIVISION I. —THE FORMS OF government. CHAPTER I. THE TESTS OF governmentAL FORMS. IN my book upon the state I endeavored to show that the conception of the ..."

2. The Provincial Governor in the English Colonies of North America by Evarts Boutell Greene (1898)
"CHAPTER I. THE EVOLUTION OF THE PROVINCIAL government. IN the royal government was the predominant type in the English colonies which were later to become ..."

3. Comparative Administrative Law: An Analysis of the Administrative Systems by Frank Johnson Goodnow (1893)
"Administration as a function of government. THE word administration is used in several senses. Thus we speak of the administration of an estate, ..."

4. Manual of the Constitution of the United States by Israel Ward Andrews (1900)
"Knowledge of our government.—A knowledge of the nature and operation of the ... The fact that a man is subject to a government is a sufficient reason for ..."

5. American Citizenship by Charles Austin Beard, Mary Ritter Beard (1915)
"CHAPTER I THE NATURE OF MODERN government I. The old notion of the government as a; ... government formerly conducted for the benefit of a ruling class. 2. ..."

6. The Law of Real Property and Other Interests in Land by Herbert Thorndike Tiffany (1903)
"TRANSFER BY THE government. 5 370. The nature of the government title. 371. Grants by the United States. 372. Grants by the states. 373. ..."

7. Readings on Parties and Elections in the United States by Chester Lloyd Jones (1912)
"In England it expresses the popular will from within the government; in the United ... POPULAR government has unquestionably been the political ideal of the ..."

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