classification society

noun

Definition of classification society

: a society for the promulgation of rules for the constuction of vessels, the supervision of such construction, the classification of vessels according to merit, and the publication of a register listing them and classifying their essential features

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Classification society.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classification%20society. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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