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 for administration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Administration \Ad*min`is*tra"tion\ (?; 277), n. [OE.
     administracioun, L. administratio: cf. F. administration.]
     1. The act of administering; government of public affairs;
        the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting
        affairs; the conducting of any office or employment;
        direction; management.
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              His financial administration was of a piece with his
              military administration.              --Macaulay.
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     2. The executive part of government; the persons collectively
        who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the
        superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate
        and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry,
        alone, as in Great Britain.
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              A mild and popular administration.    --Macaulay.
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              The administration has been opposed in parliament.
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     3. The act of administering, or tendering something to
        another; dispensation; as, the administration of a
        medicine, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament.
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     4. (Law)
        (a) The management and disposal, under legal authority, of
            the estate of an intestate, or of a testator having no
            competent executor.
        (b) The management of an estate of a deceased person by an
            executor, the strictly corresponding term execution
            not being in use.
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     Administration with the will annexed, administration
        granted where the testator has appointed no executor, or
        where his appointment of an executor for any cause has
        failed, as by death, incompetency, refusal to act, etc.
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     Syn: Conduct; management; direction; regulation; execution;
          dispensation; distribution.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some
           group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
           [syn: administration, disposal]
      2: 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"; "the governance
         of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly
         became recognized as a member of the establishment" [syn:
         administration, governance, governing body,
         establishment, brass, organization, organisation]
      3: the act of administering medication [syn: administration,
         giving medication]
      4: the tenure of a president; "things were quiet during the
         Eisenhower administration" [syn: presidency, presidential
         term, administration]
      5: the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for
         the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable
         experience of government" [syn: government, governing,
         governance, government activity, administration]
      6: the act of meting out justice according to the law [syn:
         administration, judicature]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  179 Moby Thesaurus words for "administration":
     academic dean, accomplishment, achievement, administering,
     administrator, application, applying, archon, auspices, authority,
     bestowal, board, board of directors, board of regents,
     board of trustees, bureaucracy, cabinet, cadre, care, chancellor,
     charge, chief executive, chief executive officer, civil government,
     claws, clutches, command, command function, commission, completion,
     conduct, control, council, cure, custodianship, custody, dean,
     dean of men, dean of women, decision-making, delivery, direction,
     directorate, directory, disbursal, disbursement, discharge,
     discipline, dispatch, dispensation, dispersion, disposal,
     disposition, distribution, dole, doling, doling out, dominion,
     dosage, dosing, effectuation, empery, empire, enactment, enforcing,
     execution, executive, executive arm, executive committee,
     executive director, executive function, executive hierarchy,
     executive officer, executive secretary, forcing, forcing on,
     form of government, furnishing, giving, giving out, governance,
     governing board, governing body, government, grip, guardianship,
     guidance, hand, handling, hands, headmaster, headmistress,
     hierarchy, higher echelons, higher-ups, implementation,
     infrastructure, interlocking directorate, iron hand, issuance,
     jurisdiction, keeping, magistrate, management, managing director,
     master, meting out, ministry, officer, official, officialdom,
     officiation, oversight, passing around, pastorage, pastorate,
     pastorship, patronage, paying out, performance, perpetration,
     political organization, polity, power, prefect, prelacy,
     prescribing, president, prexy, principal, protectorship, provision,
     provost, raj, rector, regime, regimen, regnancy, regulation, reign,
     rule, ruling class, ruling classes, safe hands, secretary,
     sovereignty, steering committee, stewardship, superintendence,
     supervision, supplying, sway, system of government, talons,
     the Establishment, the administration, the authorities, the brass,
     the executive, the ingroup, the interests, the people upstairs,
     the power elite, the power structure, the top, them, they,
     top brass, transaction, treasurer, tutelage, vice-chancellor,
     vice-president, ward, warden, wardenship, wardship, watch and ward,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ADMINISTRATION, trusts. The management of the estate of an intestate, a
  minor, a lunatic, an habitual drunkard, or other person who is incapable of
  managing his own affairs, entrusted to an administrator or other trustee by
  authority of law. In a more confined sense, and in which it will be used in
  this article, administration is the management of an intestate's estate, or
  of the estate of a testator who, at the time administration was granted, had
  no executor.
       2. Administration is granted by a public officer duly authorized to
  delegate the trust; he is sometimes called surrogate, judge of probate,
  register of wills and for granting letters of administration.  It is to be
  granted to such persons as the statutory provisions of the several states
  direct. In general the right of administration belongs to him who" has the
  right to the venue of the personalty: as if A make his will, and appoint B
  his executor, who dies intestate, and C is the legatee of the residue of A's
  estate, C has the right of administration cum testamento annexo. 2 Strange,
  956; 12 Mod. 437, 306; 1 Jones, 225; 1 Croke. 201; 2 Leo. 55; 1 Vent. 217.
       3. There are several kinds of administrations, besides the usual kind
  which gives to the administrator the management of all the personal estate
  of the deceased for an unlimited time. Administration durante minore oetate,
  administration durante absentia, administration pendente lite,
  administration de bonis non, administration cum testamento annexo.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ADMINISTRATION, government. The management of the affairs of the government;
  this word is also applied to the persons entrusted with the management of
  the public affairs.

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ADMINISTRATION, n.  An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to
  receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president.  A man of
  straw, proof against bad-egging and dead-catting.

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