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|Noun||1.||governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"|
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
Curia - (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
top brass - the most important persons in a governing body
executive - persons who administer the law
county council - the elected governing body of a county
pecking order, power structure, hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
management - those in charge of running a business