1. The act
of administering; government
of popular affairs; the service
rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office
or employment; direction; management. "His financial administration
was of a piece
military administration." (Macaulay)
2. The executive part
of government; the persons
are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of popular affairs; the chief magistrate and his
cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain. "A mild
and public administration." (Macaulay) "The administration
has been opposed in parliament." (Johnson)
3. The act
of administering, or tendering something to other; dispensation; as, the administration
of a medication, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament.
4. The management and disposal, under legal
authority, of the estate
of an intestate, or of a testator having no competent executor. The management of an estate
of a deceased face
by an executor, the strictly corresponding term
execution not being
in use. Administration with the will
granted where the testator has nominated no executor, or where his
appointment of an executor
for any reason
has failed, as by death, incompetency, refusal to act, etc.
Synonym: Conduct, management, direction, regulation, execution, dispensation, distribution.
Origin: OE. Administracioun, L. Administratio: cf. F. Administration.
Source: Websters Vocabulary