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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.
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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.
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70-74; Evelyn Blackwood, 'Women, land and labour: Negotiating clientage and kinship in a Minangkabau peasant community', Ethnology 34, 4 (1997): 138, 279; Kahn, Constituting Minangkabau, p.
As Robert Bridges, editor in chief of the magazine, had reminded Hemingway in a 18 February 1929 letter enclosing the "corrected" proofs of the first installment of A Farewell to Arms, "we have long been accepted in many schools as what is known, I believe, as 'collateral reading' and have quite a clientage among those who teach mixed classes" (PUL).
Mafisa (singular: lefisa) was in essence a system of clientage in which Moshoeshoe lent out cattle and sheep to help would-be followers rebuild their depleted herds.
Wang argues that Jiaqing showed exceptional timing and admirable restraint, executing Heshen for his misconduct in suppressing the White Lotus sects but avoiding a systematic purge that might paralyze the government, and even using the crisis to reclaim finances embezzled by Heshen's clientage network.
A group of IUB teachers and students appreciated the use of social media by acclaiming, "Social media has helped the business community in developing and managing their relationships with their customers or clientage.
Hirst and Zwicker note the ambiguities of the patronage relationship in that "whatever satisfactions and protections it brought, clientage brought as well discomfiture, even resistance" (36).
Islamic banks are getting more and more clientage but they are still a long way to replace conventional banking system in the country.
In Royal Manor we are accommodating a very high profile clientage from united nation and telecom sector, we are also working with NGO's and multinational companies.
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