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[guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt] /ˈgʌv ərn mənt, ‐ər mənt/
the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration:
Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed:
monarchical government; episcopal government.
the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.
a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole:
a dam built by the government.
  1. the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time:
    The prime minister has formed a new government.
  2. the parliament along with the cabinet:
    The government has fallen.
direction; control; management; rule:
the government of one's conduct.
a district governed; province.
Grammar. the extablished usage that requires that one word in a sentence should cause another to be of a particular form:
the government of the verb by its subject.
Origin of government
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Old French word governement. See govern, -ment
Related forms
[guhv-ern-men-tl, ‐er-men‐] /ˌgʌv ərnˈmɛn tl, ‐ərˈmɛn‐/ (Show IPA),
governmentally, adverb
countergovernment, noun
nongovernment, noun
nongovernmental, adjective
pro-government, adjective
regovernment, noun
semigovernmental, adjective
semigovernmentally, adverb
subgovernment, noun
undergovernment, noun
ungovernmental, adjective
ungovernmentally, adverb
Usage note
Pronunciation note
Normal phonological processes are reflected in a variety of pronunciations for government. Most commonly, the first
[n] /n/ (Show IPA)
[guhv-ern-muh nt] /ˈgʌv ərn mənt/
assimilates to the immediately following
[m] /m/
with the resulting identical nasal sounds coalescing to give the pronunciation
[guhv-er-muh nt] /ˈgʌv ər mənt/ .
This pronunciation is considered standard and occurs throughout the U.S. For speakers in regions where postvocalic
[r] /r/
is regularly lost, as along the Eastern Seaboard and in the South, the resulting pronunciation is
[guhv-uh-muh nt] /ˈgʌv ə mənt/
or, with loss of the medial unstressed vowel,
[guhv-muh nt] /ˈgʌv mənt/ .
Further assimilation, in which the labiodental
[v] /v/
in anticipation of the bilabial quality of the following
[m] /m/
becomes the bilabial stop
[b] /b/
leads in the South Midland and Southern U.S. to the pronunciation
[guhb-muh nt] /ˈgʌb mənt/
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  • The attitude of the public toward the governmentally decreed system of social economy is not the least interesting feature of it.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
British Dictionary definitions for governmentally


/ˈɡʌvənmənt; ˈɡʌvəmənt/
the exercise of political authority over the actions, affairs, etc, of a political unit, people, etc, as well as the performance of certain functions for this unit or body; the action of governing; political rule and administration
the system or form by which a community, etc, is ruled: tyrannical government
  1. the executive policy-making body of a political unit, community, etc; ministry or administration: yesterday we got a new government
  2. (capital when of a specific country): the British Government
  1. the state and its administration: blame it on the government
  2. (as modifier): a government agency
regulation; direction
(grammar) the determination of the form of one word by another word
Derived Forms
governmental (ˌɡʌvənˈmɛntəl; ˌɡʌvəˈmɛntəl) adjective
governmentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for governmentally



late 14c., "act of governing or ruling;" 1550s, "system by which a thing is governed" (especially a state), from Old French governement (Modern French gouvernement), from governer (see govern). Replaced Middle English governance. Meaning "governing power" in a given place is from 1702.

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