Legal Definition and Related Resources of Association

Meaning of Association

A union of persons for a common purpose, a confederacy . The persons so uniting. A body of persons not invested legally with corporate status . See Pacific Electric Railway Co. v U.S., 64 F. Supp. 796. The term is sometimes employed to describe a corporation not formed for profit but for the advancement of some object in which the members are associated. See St.John’s Military Academy v Edwards, 143 Wis. 551, 128 N. W. 113; Also People v Brander, 244 III. 26, 91 N.E. 59.

Association Alternative Definition

The act of a number of persons in uniting for some purpose, whether social, business or benevolent. The persons so joining, or the organization by them formed. Though the term covers any united action, however temporary, it is generally applied to a formal union under an associate name, and by an agreement known as articles of association. The organization resembles a corporation, but the powers and liabilities of its members and representatives are more nearly related to those of a partnership, from which they differ in having no delectiis personarum, and in the fact that the authority as to the public is in oificers, and not in the members generally. See Joint-Stock Company. In English Law. A writ directing certain persons (usually the clerk and his subordinate officers) to associate themselves with the justices and sergeants for the purpose of taking the assizes. 3 Sharswood, Bl. Comm. 59.

What does Association mean?

Associations can offer group health insurance plans specially designed for their members and that give their members purchasing power because of the groups larger pool of enrollees.

Synonyms of Association

(Alliance), noun

  • affiliation
  • amalgamation
  • coalition
  • combination
  • combine
  • company
  • confederacy
  • confederation
  • con legium
  • corporation
  • coterie
  • federation
  • guild
  • league
  • syndicate
  • union
  • Associated Concepts: articles of association
  • bar associations
  • beneficial associations
  • convenant of associations
  • joint stock associations
  • mutual benefit associations
  • professional associations
  • unincorporated associations
  • voluntary associations

(Connection), noun

  • bond
  • coadjuvancy
  • coalition
  • colleagueship
  • combination
  • conjunction
  • conlegium
  • connectedness
  • consociation
  • copartnership
  • coworking
  • involvement
  • joint enterprise
  • link
  • linkage
  • organization
  • participation
  • partnership
  • relatedness
  • relation
  • relationship
  • socie tas
  • working in concert

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Association in Voting Law

Definition of Association in the context of the United States election law: Group of people working together to achieve common goals on a nonprofit basis. Associations are the most important component of civil society.

Association in Voting Law

Definition of Association in the context of the United States election law: Group of people working together to achieve common goals on a nonprofit basis. Associations are the most important component of civil society.


Legal English Vocabulary: Association in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term association into Spanish: asociación (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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  • Associations
  • Resources

    See Also

    • International Organization
    • Foreign Relations
    • Intergovernmental Organization
    • Regional Organization
    • Regional Integration


    See Also

    • Governance
    • Advocacy Networks
    • Civic Engagement
    • Civic
    • Civil Society
    • Community Organizing
    • Corporatism
    • Interest Group
    • Interest Intermediation
    • Neighborhood Association
    • Network
    • Network Society
    • Pluralism
    • Pluralist Democracy
    • State-Society Relations
    • Third Sector

    Further Reading

    • Bentley, A. (1908). The process of government (P. Odegard,
      Ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
      Dahl, R. A. (1961). Who governs? New Haven, CT: Yale
      University Press.
      De Tocqueville, A. (2003). Democracy in America and two
      essays on America. London, UK: Penguin Books.
      Katzenstein, P. (1984). Corporatism and change: Austria,
      Switzerland and the politics of industry. Ithaca, NY:
      Cornell University Press.
      Lowi, T. J. (1969). The end of liberalism: The second
      republic of the United States. New York: Norton.
      Mills, C. W. (1956). The power elite. New York: Oxford
      University Press.
      Olsen, M. (1965). Public goods and the theory of groups.
      Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
      Polsby, N. (1980). Community power and political theory
      (2nd ed.). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
      Putnam, R. (2000). Bowling alone: The collapse and
      revival of American community. New York: Simon &
      Rauch, J. (1994). Demosclerosis: The silent killer of
      American government. New York: Crown.
      Schmitter, P. C., & Lehmbruch, G. (Eds.). (1979). Trends
      toward corporatist intermediation. London: Sage Ltd.
      Shattschneider, E. E. (1960). The semi-sovereign people:
      A realist ™s view of democracy. New York: Holt, Rinehart
      & Winston.
      Truman, D. (1953). The governmental process: Politica
    • Association in the Encyclopedia of Governance, Mark Bevir – University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2007, SAGE Publications

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