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;
His financial administration was of a piece with his
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.
A mild and popular administration.
The administration has been opposed in
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.
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.
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.
Syn. -- Conduct; management; direction; regulation; execution;