[n] the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
[n] the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed; "tyrannical government"
[n] the study of government of states and other political units
[n] the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
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