su·​per·​agen·​cy | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌā-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce superagency (audio) \

Definition of superagency

: a large complex governmental agency especially when set up to supervise other agencies

Examples of superagency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Senator John Edwards, Democrat of North Carolina, planned to introduce legislation that would have removed the bureau’s domestic intelligence arm and created a new kind of superagency akin to Britain’s MI 5. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of superagency

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Superagency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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