Etymology
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administration (n.)

mid-14c., "act of giving or dispensing;" late 14c., "management (of a business, property, etc.), act of administering," from Latin administrationem (nominative administratio) "aid, help, cooperation; direction, management," noun of action from past-participle stem of administrare "to help, assist; manage, control, guide, superintend; rule, direct," from ad "to" (see ad-) + ministrare "to serve, attend, wait upon," from minister "inferior, servant, priest's assistant" (see minister (n.)).

Early 15c. as "management of a deceased person's estate under a commission from authority." Meaning "management of public affairs" is from 1680s; hence, "executive power in a government" (1731), though later in Britain government was used in this sense. Meaning "a U.S. president's period in office" is first recorded 1796 in writings of George Washington.

The administration of government, in its largest sense, comprehends all the operations of the body politic, whether legislative, executive, or judiciary; but in its most usual, and perhaps in its most precise, signification, it is limited to executive details, and falls peculiarly within the province of the executive department. ["The Federalist," No. 72 (Hamilton)]

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Definitions of administration

administration (n.)
a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs);
Synonyms: disposal
administration (n.)
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something;
he claims that the present administration is corrupt
Synonyms: governance / governing body / establishment / brass / organization / organisation
administration (n.)
the act of administering medication;
Synonyms: giving medication
administration (n.)
the tenure of a president;
things were quiet during the Eisenhower administration
Synonyms: presidency / presidential term
administration (n.)
the act of governing; exercising authority;
Synonyms: government / governing / governance / government activity
administration (n.)
the act of meting out justice according to the law;
Synonyms: judicature
From wordnet.princeton.edu