subgovernment

noun
sub·​gov·​ern·​ment | \ ˌsəb-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce subgovernment (audio) , -və-mənt; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt, -vᵊm- \
variants: or sub-government
plural subgovernments or sub-governments

Definition of subgovernment

: a secondary or subordinate government : an informal or unofficial association of persons or institutions that exercises considerable influence on a formal government or organization It was an opportunity to enter the elite world of intellectuals and military men who form a subgovernment within the executive branch.— Neil Sheehan … a peek into the secret subgovernment of the Cold War.— Richard Reeves

First Known Use of subgovernment

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Subgovernment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subgovernment. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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