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Rigid adherence to official regulations, forms, and procedures.


strict, often excessive adherence to and respect for official regulations


(əˈfɪʃ əˌlɪz əm)

1. excessive attention to official regulations and routines.
2. official methods or systems.
3. officials collectively.


1. any official regulations or procedures.
2. an excessive emphasis on official regulations or procedures.
3. officials in general or collectively.
See also: Bureaucracy
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The proposal began to be discussed by the parliamentary group last Tuesday 23 in a rugged session stained by the debate of the project that reduces the working day to 40 hours, where officialism and opposition met without major consensus and forced to postpone the treatment and vote of the initiative derived from Defense for the following Thursday.
It's so universally accepted as a prim downer of an innovation killer that even Merriam-Webster has piled on; the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, once it gets past the technical definitions, defines bureaucracy as "a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation." Closer to home, the definition writers at see bureaucracy as "a system of administration distinguished by its (1) clear hierarchy of authority, (2) rigid division of labor, (3) written and inflexible rules, regulations, and procedures, and (4) impersonal relationships."
What is inhuman in modern life is officialism" (569).
Nevertheless, studies on the subject tend to suffer from two fundamental flaws: "officialism" (3), on the one hand, and lack of comprehensive knowledge about the political economy of UN POs and its significance for the national grand strategy, on the other.
Yesufu to write that the Northern Region Government's unilateral action "....destroyed both the elements of officialism and bargaining, as well as the moral force to implement the rates" (Lakemfa, 2014: 45).