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1. The party for which professional services are rendered, as by an attorney.
2. A customer or patron: clients of the hotel.
3. A person using the services of a social services agency.
4. One that depends on the protection of another.
5. A client state.
6. Computers A computer or program that can download files for manipulation, run applications, or request application-based services from a file server.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cliēns, client-, dependent, follower; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

cli′ent·age (-ən-tĭj) n.
cli·en′tal (klī-ĕn′tl, klī′ən-) adj.


 a body of adherents; supporters, 1611.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clientage - relation of a client to a patron
business relation - a relation between different business enterprises
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In all, three clerks and a half, which, for the time, argued a very extensive clientage.
Hussain was upbeat about the Global Village's success in the coming years and said all necessary action will be taken to further improve the event and diversify its clientage.
Muhammad Bilal Sheikh has said the number of Sindh Bank's branches across the country would reach 225 by the end of year 2014 "Sindh Bank is progressing and moving forward with impressive branch network across the country and growth in its clientage.
Yemen, Indonesia, and Bangladesh also have a good number of clientage and Islamic microfinance has satisfactory demand in Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, and Tunisia.
The military proper is placed in a wider context: private armies, labor and urban defense obligations, and the system of clientage are all described as they evolved and were adapted to suit the needs of different host cultures.
Third, both Angola and Nigeria are classic clientage states badly in need of infrastructure development.
As many as 22 private sector banks, five fighting fit; seven foreign banks floating new schemes to attract borrowers for business increase, and four specialized banks have been a challenge, more so for the public sector banks, not usually preferred by micro and macro- economic activities more vividly and expanded too in the private sector to have clientage coordination with this sector.
1493-1820 (Edinburgh, 1998); Cathcart, Kinship and Clientage, pp.
Bilal Mustafa also mentioned the BOK Raast Islamic Banking Group is actively working on new Islamic Products and with the establishment of new Islamic Banking branches will further enhance its clientage.
actions differed from those tried in the church courts in placing more emphasis on evaluating or interpreting the marriage in order to determine the amount of compensation due to the husband: trials therefore focused on such issues as how emotionally secure the bond between husband and wife had been or the extent to which the third party had violated bonds of friendship, family loyalty or clientage in depriving the husband of the "comfort and society" of his wife.
He added, Due to increase in branches network, we could attract more clientage, which would alternatively help us grow our deposits and advance base.
Such an approach will probably be costly because of the large number of likely unintended consequences (second- and third-order effects) and because the cost of clientage will be bid upwards.