- 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
Related Words for governmentallegal, supervisory, regulatory, administrative, legislative, presidential, gubernatorial, bureaucratic, executive, magisterial, official, sovereign
Examples from the Web for governmental
Contemporary Examples of governmental
You need to build the system and run the sport as a governmental responsibility.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin
October 9, 2014
It will also take a concerted effort by Muslim, governmental, and other community leaders working together to counter extremism.It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS
September 2, 2014
There had been British governmental discussions that the islands could be leased back to Argentina.The Never-Ending Falklands War: In Buenos Aires, A Museum's Selective History
August 30, 2014
The emphasis on freshness and simplicity laid forth by the governmental guidelines is in line with his cooking ethos.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
Because without both money and governmental will, we could be in for a long, hot summer.The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Is Just Getting Worse
June 23, 2014
Historical Examples of governmental
When are the names of governmental bodies, departments, etc., capitalized?Capitals
Frederick W. Hamilton
The question of governmental control of industry is an example.The Psychology of Nations
He occupied all governmental offices, and was the arbitrator of domestic life.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
There is nothing like it for giving commands or for governmental purposes.
Fomishka and Fimishka had a horror of governmental, that is to say, official people.
- 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 governmental
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.