Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, the state or condition of being a client under the patronage of another.
- n. The condition of being the client of a lawyer or other representative of one's interests.
- n. A body of clients, in any sense of the word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. State of being client.
- n. A body of clients.
- n. relation of a client to a patron
“South African tribes the rich exert their power to subjugate the poor, who hang upon them in a kind of clientage, hoping to receive something.”
“Lines of patronage and clientage were not as simple as the terms might indicate.”
“For an important example, in Afghanistan the institution of hamsaya or clientage creates bonds between prosperous members of any community, such as local khans and castle-holders (qaladars), and various categories of dependents, some of who are culturally distant such as Indians.”
“Concerning hamsaya relations between Afghans and Hindus, particularly between Shikarpuri bankers and Durrani elites in the nineteenth century, the concept of clientage must be seen as dynamic, contradictory, and applying well to both sides of the social and economic equation.”
“This earlier concept of "household" incorporated those who were nonresident but still associated with the head of household either through ties of economic dependency or clientage based on service, proximity, lineage, and so on. 17”
“This sphere of influence was expanded by the practice of vassalage/clientage.”
“Does he speak for those invested in the long-standing ties of clientage and patronage between the Saudi and Bush royal families and their interlocking financial interests?”
“Throughout this period, government officials learned to be wary of the power of public opinion — not because they expected anyone to storm the Bastille but because well-placed slander could damage relations within the delicate system of protection and clientage at the heart of politics in Versailles.”
“A prosperous business year has enabled us to enlarge our offices and put in them an immense fireproof safe to protect our clientage.”
“This means that the clientage system is very extensive in the country since so many are state-employees.”
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