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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

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Ronald Reagan

No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. - Abraham Lincoln
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan
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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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