power structure


Definition of power structure

1 : a group of persons having control of an organization : establishment
2 : the hierarchical interrelationships existing within a controlling group

Examples of power structure in a Sentence

The parade won't happen without the approval of the city's power structure. Women in the company are struggling for equality against the male power structure. They are making changes to the power structure of the church.
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The power structures that compel women to be silent in the face of misconduct have been exposed. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.," 4 Sep. 2018 Luca and Cherri’s stories are disrupting dominant narratives that veil existing colonial power structures and wealth inequality. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Some council members say the quasi-activist office needs more authority, though any plan to change the city’s power structure could prove controversial. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city workers tell of unfair treatment and mistrust, as government tracks diversity shortfalls," 13 Aug. 2018 Hollywood's power structure is certainly one reason why this disparity exists. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 His newfound anxieties arise as a power vacuum has appeared in both the Gilead power structure and his own household. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 14 June 2018 The across-the-board changes, and the silence, are highlighting the opaque nature of the nation's power structure. Aomar Ouali And Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Algerian generals, others fired without explanation," 12 Sep. 2018 The state’s Democratic power structure has split on the race, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Sen. Daniel Akaka, former Govs. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Hawaii primary elections: live results for governor and House races," 11 Aug. 2018 The playing field is heavily tilted in favor of the enemies of democracy, the entrenched power structure of profiteers, plunderers and polluters who have shown an utter disdain for the Constitution, the rule of law or the will of the people. Jamshed Dastur, latimes.com, "This is not who we are as Americans. Or is it?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of power structure

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of power structure

US : a group of people who have control of a government, organization, etc., or the way in which those people are organized

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