[ad-min-uh-strey-shuh n]


Origin of administration

1275–1325; Middle English administracio(u)n < Latin administrātiōn- (stem of administrātiō) service. See administrate, -ion
Related formsad·min·is·tra·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·ad·min·is·tra·tion, noun, adjectivemis·ad·min·is·tra·tion, nounpre·ad·min·is·tra·tion, nounpro·ad·min·is·tra·tion, adjectiveself-ad·min·is·tra·tion, nounsub·ad·min·is·tra·tion, nounsu·per·ad·min·is·tra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution
the duties of an administrator
the body of people who administer an organization
the conduct of the affairs of government
term of office: often used of presidents, governments, etc
the executive branch of government along with the public service; the government as a whole
(often capital) mainly US the political executive, esp of the US; the government
mainly US a government board, agency, authority, etc
property law
  1. the conduct or disposal of the estate of a deceased person
  2. the management by a trustee of an estate subject to a trust
  1. the administering of something, such as a sacrament, oath, or medical treatment
  2. the thing that is administered
Derived Formsadministrative, adjectiveadministratively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for administration

mid-14c., "act of giving or dispensing; late 14c., "management, act of administering," from Latin administrationem (nominative administratio) "direction, management," noun of action from past participle stem of administrare (see administer).

Early 15c. as "management of a deceased person's estate." Meaning "the government" is attested from 1731 in British usage. Meaning "a U.S. president's period in office" is first recorded 1796 in writings of George Washington.

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