patronage
noun Date: 14th century 1. advowson 2. the support or influence of a patron 3. kindness done with an air of superiority 4. business or activity provided by patrons <
the new branch library is expected to have a heavy patronage
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5. a. the power to make appointments to government jobs especially for political advantage b. the distribution of jobs on the basis of patronage c. jobs distributed by patronage

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  • Patronage — Pa tron*age, v. t. To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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