from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An organization or agency that is financed by a government but that acts independently of it.
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- n. An organization that, although financed by a government, acts independently of it.
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- n. a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
qua(si) n(on-)g(overnmental) o(rganization).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the initial letters (the first two letters for the first word) of "quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization" (Wiktionary)