Definition of establishment
1 : something established: such asa : a settled arrangement; especially : a code of lawsb : established churchc : a permanent civil or military organizationd : a place of business or residence with its furnishings and staffe : a public or private institution
2 : an established order of society: such asa often capitalized : a group of social, economic, and political leaders who form a ruling class (as of a nation)b often capitalized : a controlling group the literary establishment
3a : the act of establishingb : the state of being established
Examples of establishment in a Sentence
the establishment of a business
the establishment of a scientific fact
His novels were disliked by the literary establishment.
Recent Examples of establishment from the Web
Guadagno, a former Monmouth County sheriff and federal prosecutor, has significant Republican establishment backing.
The U.N. General Assembly must first approve establishment of the counterterrorism slot, part of a larger U.N. reorganization and the first new post at that level for decades.
But sales of the newer discs expanded throughout the decade, helped along by new establishments called record stores.
Dubke previously was a Republican strategist who founded Crossroads Media and had long ties to party establishment figures, including strategist Karl Rove.
In regular session, the council approved an ordinance revising and reconciling regulations and license fees for massage establishments in the city.
In 2015 a liberal blogger was publicly whipped after criticizing the clerical establishment.
Such discrimination, Judge Gregory wrote for the majority, violates the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion.
Now that North Dakota is essentially a petro-state, this policy probably makes sense to the state's political and business establishments which, here in the Second Gilded Age, probably are pretty much the same thing.
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First Known Use of establishment
ESTABLISHMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of establishment for Students
1 : the act of founding or of proving
2 : a place where people live or do business
Legal Definition of establishment
1 : something established: as a : a church recognized by law as the official church of a nation or state and supported by civil authority b : a permanent civil or military organization c : a place of residence or especially business with its furnishings and staff
2a : an act of establishing b : the state of being established
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