parastatal

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From para- +‎ statal.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

parastatal (plural parastatals)

  1. A company, agency, or intergovernmental organisation, that possesses political clout and is separate from the government, but whose activities serve the state, either directly or indirectly.

AdjectiveEdit

parastatal (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to such a company or group.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 918:
      Parastatal’ organizations – local councils, representatives of business, the Red Cross – had been increasingly filling the gap left by the government's maladministration [...].
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