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admĭnistrātĭo, ōnis, f. [administro].

I. Lit., a ministration, aid, assistance: quae nec haberemus, nisi manus et ars accessissent, nec his sine hominum administratione uteremur, Cic. Off. 2, 3, 12: aquae, the right distribution of, Vitr. 9, 8, 10.— Hence,

II. Fig., the direction, management, or administration of a thing, i. q. curatio, procuratio: utrum (di) omni curatione et administratione rerum vacent, Cic. N. D. 1, 1, 2: rerum magnarum agitatio atque administratio, id. Inv. 2, 54, 163: mundi, id. N. D. 2, 34, 86; so id. Fam. 1, 9; 15, 1: portūs, the use of, Caes. B. C. 1, 25; 2, 2; Liv. 34, 6; Tac. Agr. 19; so absol.: Ideo habentes administrationem, ministry, Vulg. 2 Cor. 4, 1.