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administration the executive officers of a government, or the term of office of such officers. [1/3 definitions]
affirmative action a policy to make sure certain groups of people are given a fair chance for jobs and education. In particular, this policy is for minority groups and women who were not given these opportunities in the past. Regulations made by the U.S. government support affirmative action.
agency a government department that works on special projects, provides specific services to the government, or makes sure laws and rules are obeyed. [1/3 definitions]
ambassador a person who is sent by the government of one country to be its official representative in another country. [1/2 definitions]
Amsterdam the official capital city of the Netherlands. Most of the government of the Netherlands is located in another city, The Hague.
anarchist a person who believes in, desires, or tries to realize a society or state without a government. [1/2 definitions]
anarchy a complete lack of government or law within a country or society. [1/2 definitions]
bond a piece of paper that a government or business gives when it borrows money. A bond promises to repay the sum of money along with interest. [1/4 definitions]
bureau a department in a government. [1/3 definitions]
cabinet (often capitalized) a group of officials who give advice to the head of a government. [1/2 definitions]
capital1 the city where the government of a country, state, or province is located. [2/8 definitions]
capitalism an economic system in which land, factories, and other resources are owned by individuals instead of the government. In this system, the prices of things we buy are decided by the people who sell them and not by the government.
censor an official who decides what art, movies, or books may be published. A censor works for a government, religion, or other organization, and promotes its ideas. [1/3 definitions]
chamber a large room or meeting hall used by people in government to make and discuss laws. [1/5 definitions]
charter an official document given by a government or ruler to a business or other group. The charter explains the group's rights and responsibilities. [1/4 definitions]
civics the study of the rights and duties of citizens in relation to how the government works.
civilization an advanced state of development of a society as judged by such things as having a system of government and laws, using a written language, and keeping written records. [1/2 definitions]
civilize to bring education and training to, especially in the arts, science, and government.
civil rights the rights given by a nation's government to all its citizens. [1/2 definitions]
civil service any branch of government that is not part of the legislature, court system, or the military.
colonialism the practice that a country is engaged in when it takes over another country and sets up its own government and colony there. A "colony" is what the country is called that is taken over by the more powerful country. Colonialism serves the purpose of creating wealth and power for the ruling country.