power structure

noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of power structure was in 1938

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“Power structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20structure. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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