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Definition of Government


  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.
  3. The right or power of governing; authority.
  4. The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
  5. The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.
  6. Management of the limbs or body.
  7. The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.

Government Quotations

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
Thomas Jefferson

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.
Thomas Jefferson

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
Abraham Lincoln
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Government Translations

government in Afrikaans is regering
government in Danish is regering
government in Dutch is gouvernement, regering, overheid
government in French is gouvernement
government in German is Regierung, Landesregierung, Regierung
government in Italian is governo
government in Latin is gubernatio-ionis, administratio, ordinatio
government in Norwegian is regjering, regjering
government in Portuguese is governo
government in Spanish is gobierno
government in Swedish is myndighet, regemente, styrelse

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