Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The mundane details involved in running an organization or executing a process.

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  • noun Administrative details that must be dealt with in order to do more interesting work.

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  • noun the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Blend of administration or administrative and trivia.]

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Blend of administrative and trivia; 1930s US.

Examples

  • If it's any comfort, the word administrivia is awesome.

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  • But if you don’t want to flounder in administrivia

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  • But if you don’t want to flounder in administrivia

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  • You have to have lawyers and accountants to make sure you have lived up to all the local, regional, state and national "administrivia" that is required of you.

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  • This is often affiliated with "administrivia" needless paperwork and processes.

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  • Yet, what constrains the function from getting respected in most organizations is a focus on being good at "administrivia," and not "the more important strategic role of raising the reputational and intellectual capital of the company."

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  • Yet, what constrains the function from getting respected in most organizations is a focus on being good at "administrivia," and not "the more important strategic role of raising the reputational and intellectual capital of the company."

    ERE.net

  • Yet, what constrains the function from getting respected in most organizations is a focus on being good at "administrivia," and not "the more important strategic role of raising the reputational and intellectual capital of the company."

    ERE.net

  • Yet, what constrains the function from getting respected in most organizations is a focus on being good at "administrivia," and not "the more important strategic role of raising the reputational and intellectual capital of the company."

    ERE.net

  • Yet, what constrains the function from getting respected in most organizations is a focus on being good at "administrivia," and not "the more important strategic role of raising the reputational and intellectual capital of the company."

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  • I first saw this word in Po Bronson's book, "What Should I Do With My Life," which I was reading this morning on the Metrorail train to work.

    January 19, 2007