- 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.
- (in some parliamentary systems, as that of the United Kingdom)
- the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time: The prime minister has formed a new government.
- the parliament along with the cabinet: The government has fallen.
- direction; control; management; rule: the government of one's conduct.
- a district governed; province.
- political science.
- 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
Examples from the Web for nongovernmental
As the nongovernmental organization Jones works for likes to say, it is a “soap opera for social change.”The World’s Most Subversive Soap Operas
October 27, 2013
As Egypt's first lady, she helped to bring dozens of nongovernmental organizations to the country to try to improve Egyptian life.Hosni Mubarak's Final Tragedy
February 13, 2011
- not related to government affairs or procedures
- 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 ruledtyrannical government
- the executive policy-making body of a political unit, community, etc; ministry or administrationyesterday we got a new government
- (capital when of a specific country)the British Government
- the state and its administrationblame it on the government
- (as modifier)a government agency
- regulation; direction
- grammar the determination of the form of one word by another word
Word Origin and History for nongovernmental
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.