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Administra'tion. n.s. [administratio, Lat.]

  1. The act of administering or conducting any employment; as, the conducting the publick affairs; dispensing the laws.

    I then did use the person of your father;
    The image of his pow'r lay then in me:
    And in th' administration of his law,
    While I was busy for the commonwealth,
    Your highness pleased to forget my place.
    Shakesp. Henry IV.

    In the short time of his administration, he shone so powerfully upon me, that, like the heat of a Russian summer, he ripened the fruits of poetry in a cold climate. Dryden's Dedication of Virgil's Pastorals.

  2. The active or executive part of government.

    It may pass for a maxim in state, that the administration cannot be placed in too few hands, nor the legislature in too many. Swift's Sentiments of a Church of England Man.

  3. Those to whom the care of publick affairs is committed.

  4. Distribution; exhibition; dispensation.

    There is, in sacraments, to be observed their force, and their form of administration. Hooker, b. v.

    By the universal administration of grace, begun by our blessed Saviour, enlarged by his apostles, carried on by their immediate successors, and to be compleated by the rest to the world's end; all types that darkened this faith are enlightened. Sprat's Sermons.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Sprat, Thomas (20) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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