Gov"ern*ment (?), n. [F. gouvernement. See Govern.]


The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.


The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.

That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth. Milton.


The right or power of governing; authority.

I here resign my goverment to thee. Shak.


The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling powe; the administratian.

When we, in England, speak of the government, we generally understand the ministers of the crown for the time being. Mozley & W.


The body politic governed by one authority; a state; as, the governments of Europe.


Management of the limbs or body.


7. Gram.

The influence of a word in regard to construction, requiring that another word should be in a particular case.


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