Term of the Day

patronage

Power to confer favors, give support and protection, or to appoint to office orpositionProviders of patronage (patrons) and receivers (clientsform anetwork through which access to various resources is obtained. It originates from unequal distribution of power and, since ancient times, is closely linked with corruption.
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Usage Example
During elections many people give patronage in the form of financial support to the candidate who they believe is the best fit for the political office.
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