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1 : the act or process of administering [the of justice]
2 a : the management and disposal under court authority of the estate of a deceased person by an executor or an administrator
b : the management of an estate (as of a minor) by a trustee or guardian appointed to take charge of it
c : the management of assets held in a trust
3 : the execution of public affairs as distinguished from policy-making
4 a : a body of persons (as of an organization) who administer
b often cap
: a group that makes up the executive branch of a presidential government
c : a governmental agency or board
5 : the term of office of an administrative officer or body
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.