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Patronage

Pa´tron`age
n.1.Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.
2.Business custom.
3.Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
4.The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
5.(Eng. Law) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
v. t.1.To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
Noun1.patronage - the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
2.patronage - customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
Synonyms: clientele, business
3.patronage - a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
4.patronage - (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
5.patronage - the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
Synonyms: trade
Verb1.patronage - support by being a patron of
2.patronage - be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

PATRONAGE. The right of appointing to office; as the patronage of the president of the United States, if abused, may endanger the liberties of the people.
     2. In the ecclesiastical law, it signifies the right of presentation to a church or ecclesiastical benefice. 2 Bl. Com. 21.

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