patronage

  

Definition

Power to confer favors, give support and protection, or to appoint to office or position. Providers of patronage (patrons) and receivers (clients) form a network through which access to various resources is obtained. It originates from unequal distribution of power and, since ancient times, is closely linked with corruption.

Use patronage in a sentence

  • The coffee shop was able to thrive in the small town due to the patronage of certain customers, who favored its fair trade practices and products.

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