- the management of any office, business, or organization; direction.
- the function of a political state in exercising its governmental duties.
- the duty or duties of an administrator in exercising the executive functions of the position.
- the management by an administrator of such duties.
- a body of administrators, especially in government.
- (often initial capital letter) the executive branch of the U.S. government as headed by the president and in power during his or her term of office: The administration has threatened to veto the new bill. The Reagan administration followed President Carter's.
- the period of service of a governmental administrator or body of governmental administrators.
- any group entrusted with executive or administrative powers: the administration of a college.
- Law. management of a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator, or of a trust estate by a trustee.
- an act of dispensing, especially formally: administration of the sacraments.
- supervision of the taking of an oath or the like.
- application, as of a salve or medicine.
Origin of administration
Examples from the Web for administration
And so the same creeping rot of the rule of law that the administration has inflicted on immigration now bedevils our drug laws.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
Instead, it appears that the Obama administration has opted to punish North Korea financially.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
Only two senators opposed the resolution, which the administration later claimed was the authority for a full-scale war.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
The Obama administration took up the baton in 2009 and has since become the most evidence-based administration in history.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Faced with the loss of middle class voters, the administration seems determined to double down on its current coalition.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
These laws are general and their administration should be uniform and equal.
He has no voice in its making, no influence in its administration, it does not represent him.
Ireland had proved the glory of Mr. Gladstone's administration.
The stability of the Whig administration, then in power, depended upon the results.
Will this new disgrace serve to strengthen the Administration?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- 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
- the conduct or disposal of the estate of a deceased person
- the management by a trustee of an estate subject to a trust
- the administering of something, such as a sacrament, oath, or medical treatment
- the thing that is administered
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.