Student or Learner
Yesterday I run into a difficulty interpreting the following trivial sentence: “By the US Constitution the government of the nation is entrusted to three separate authorities: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judical.”
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the reason for use of the term “government”?
It is clear as day that in the present case the word “government” is used with the meaning “guidance”, “leadership”, direction”.
government of the nation = administration of the nation
But there is also “management (conduct) of business”
There are a few further synonyms of “govern” as: to guide, to conduct, to regulate, to rule, to supervise, to manage, to control,
to conduct negotiations,
to conduct a campaign,
to conduct an examination in,
to conduct an inquiry into.
to direct the construction of a canal,
to direct the operations of a syndicate,
to direct the work of an affice.
to manage a theatre,
to manage a horse,
to manage a house,
to manage a sailing boat,
to manage a business,
to manage the affairs of state.
to control the rise of prices,
to control a majority of votes.
to operate a machine-tool,
this is operated from a panel.
to govern the republic but to rule (over) the empire.
to govern one’s passions = to rule one’s passions.
to supervise the printing of a book,
to supervise the conduct of experiments,
to supervise the research.
The Prime Minister guides the state.
To regulate one’s conduct
to drive a car,
to steer a spacecraft,
to navigate a vessel.
Thank you for your efforts.
In this case, the word government means, "managing the affairs of state."
“By the US Constitution the government [management of the affairs of state] of the nation is entrusted to three separate authorities: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judical.”