from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
- n. The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
- n. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
- n. The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority.
- n. A governing body or organization, as:
- n. The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system.
- n. The cabinet in a parliamentary system.
- n. The persons who make up a governing body.
- n. A system or policy by which a political unit is governed.
- n. Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution.
- n. Political science.
- n. Grammar The influence of a word over the morphological inflection of another word in a phrase or sentence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The body with the power to make and/or enforce laws to control a country, land area, people or organization.
- n. A group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory.
- n. The state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.
- n. The management or control of a system.
- n. The tenure of a chief of state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation.
- n. The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
- n. The right or power of governing; authority.
- n. The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
- n. The body politic governed by one authority; a state.
- n. Management of the limbs or body.
- n. The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Guidance; direction; regulation; management; control: as, the government of one's conduct.
- n. The exercise of authority in the administration of the affairs of a state, community, or society; the authoritative direction and restraint. exercised over the actions of men in communities, societies, or states.
- n. The system of polity or body of principles and rules by which the affairs of a state, community, or society are administered; an established or prescribed method of guiding, directing, or managing affairs: as, representative or constitutional government; monarchical or republican government; the presbyterian, episcopal, or congregational form of church government.
- n. The governing body of persons in a state or community; the executive power; the administration.
- n. A state or body politic governed by one authority; a province or division of territory ruled by a governor.
- n. Right of governing; administrative authority; the office or function of one charged with the direction and control of affairs.
- n. Conduct or behavior; self-control or restraint.
- n. In grammar, the established usage which requires that one word in a sentence should cause another to be of a particular form; grammatical regimen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of governing; exercising authority
- n. the study of government of states and other political units
- n. the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
- n. (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed
But if the duty of the government is to prevent violations of the rights of individuals (and I believe it is) and punish those violations in proportion to their severity (seems reasonable) then, perhaps, these activities aren't so very far apart as far as * government* is concerned?
The U.S. government has seldom been perfect, but it has been very helpful to its citizens, providing everything from farm-to-market roads, to interstate highways, to silicon chips yes, Fairchild conductor built them, but for the *government* first, to the internet.
When someone asks us whether we want a sectarian government the answer is no we do not want a sectarian government not because the U.S. ambassador says so or issues a warning. '
The government on Thursday gave foreign militants until the end of the month to leave Congo, warning that a joint U. N.-government military offensive would drive any remaining fighters from the war-ravaged Central African nation.
South Africa should have a predominantly unified legislative and administrative fiscal and public financial system: it should be a joint fiscal system under leadership of national government, and not a rigidly divided system between national and provincial levels of government*.
The constitution should include provisions both for borrowing by local government as well as for guarantees for local government loans as is the case for provincial government*.
The word _government_ also signifies the rules and principles themselves by which the people are governed; and sometimes the persons who administer the government -- that is those who make the laws of a state and carry them into effect -- are called _the government_.
No! but _it gives an additional security; _ for, beside the power in the State government to use their own militia, it will be _the duty of the general government_ to aid them WITH THE
_Attack on the orders of the government, by the auditors commanding the royal officials to pay them their thirds [of salary], notwithstanding any order of government_.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 23 of 55 1629-30 Explorations by early navigators, descriptions of the islands and their peoples, their history and records of the catholic missions, as related in contemporaneous books and manuscripts, showing the political, economic, commercial and religious conditions of those islands from their earliest relations with European nations to the close of the nineteenth century.
Though it was the cruel and depraved offspring of the British government, it nevertheless was adopted by the _free government_ of America.