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those persons or groups in a nation, city, organization, etc. who through economic, social, and institutional position constitute the actual ruling power
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- An elite group constituted by people holding influential positions within a government, society, or organization.
- A hierarchy of managerial authority: sought to advance within the company's power structure.