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  • v. Present participle of plan.
  • n. action of the verb to plan
  • n. the act of formulating of a course of action, or of drawing up plans
  • n. the act of making contingency plans

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action
  • n. the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise
  • n. the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening


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  • The term planning is imbecilic; everything can change tomorrow.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • Similarly, in certain literature of the public sector (so-called public planning), the term planning has been used as a virtual synonym for decision making and project management (see, for example, the various writings of Nutt e.g., 1983, 1984).

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • George Steiner, probably the most prolific of the business planning writers, noted that the word planning comes from the Latin planum, “meaning flat surface” 1969:5.

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • For Constellation this ruins planning assumptions, as one assumption in planning is "science will roll over and play dead".

    Buzz is at it Again: Let's just change everything - NASA Watch

  • This comment should probably apply to the planning school in general, which could avoid a good deal of confusion by insisting that the word planning be used only with an adjective—other than “strategic”!

    The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

  • In my part of the Tokyo area there are plans for no less than four lines to be made, some of those plans will happen others may change (demographics, budgets, etc.), but this type of long term planning is what makes it happen.

    Matthew Yglesias » Yes They Can

  • The only long-term planning is by Cheney, who hasn't shown great competence in anything but self-aggrandizement, and feeding at the trough.


  • BARBARA STARR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kyra, it really might not come as a surprise to an awful lot of people, but the Army now has what they call a planning scenario that would keep the current number of U.S. troops in Iraq through the year 2010.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2006

  • Imagine Durban is a council-based initiative on integrated long-term planning, which is implemented together with sustainable cities including the Canadian non-government organisation and the Plus Network.


  • "Self-funding ensures independence, facilitates long-term planning and closes the resource gap between the agency and the entities we regulate," she said recently.

    Citing Goldman Sachs suit, Schapiro seeks 12% budget hike for SEC


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