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administrative division

n. a district defined for administrative purposes [syn: administrative district, territorial division]

Administrative division

An administrative division, administrative unit, administrative entity, subnational entity, constituent unit, constituent entity, subdivision, or ' country subdivision', is a portion of a country or other region delineated for the purpose of administration. Administrative divisions are granted a certain degree of autonomy and are usually required to manage themselves through their own local governments. Countries are divided up into these smaller units to make managing their land and the affairs of their people easier. For example, a country may be divided into provinces, which, in turn, are divided into counties, which, in turn, may be divided in whole or in part into municipalities; and so on.

Administrative divisions are conceptually separate from dependent territories, with the former being an integral part of the state and the other being only under some lesser form of control. However, the term "administrative division" can include dependent territories as well as accepted administrative divisions (for example, in geographical databases).

For clarity and convenience the standard neutral reference for the largest administrative subdivision of a country is called the "first-level administrative division" or "first administrative level". Next smaller is called "second-level administrative division" or "second administrative level".

Usage examples of "administrative division".

The earliest administrative division of the empire was the province the Imperial equiva lent of a district within the system of the Landsraad a province would include two or more solar systems, Each province was assessed an annual tribute Collection was in the local currencies of each world and that tribute was assessed by the House Corrmo on the basis of records of the provincial income submitted by the Great Houses of the province These reports were checked against those produced by Imperial financial agents known as correctores several of whom were .

I'm in charge of the whole medical-administrative division for Sunco prisons!

Goldi: a people, traditionally hunters and fishermen, who inhabit the valley of the Amur River in southeastern Siberia and northeastern Manchuria (a region and former administrative division of northeast China).