Government

Definition of Government

Gov´ern`ment
n.1.The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.
2.The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.
- Milton.
3.The right or power of governing; authority.
I here resign my government to thee.
- Shak.
4.The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
When we, in England, speak of the government, we generally understand the ministers of the crown for the time being.
- Mozley & W.
5.The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.
6.Management of the limbs or body.
7.(Gram.) The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.

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