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n. any group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose, ranging from social to business, and usually meant to be a continuing organization. It can be formal, with rules and/or by-laws, membership requirements and other trappings of an organization, or it can be a collection of people without structure. An association is not a legally-established corporation or a partnership. To make this distinction the term "unincorporated association" is often used, although technically redundant.

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a group of individuals who come together for certain purposes. It has no separate legal personality, unlike a limited company. It is often regulated by a constitution and rules and run by office bearers. Freedom of association is a HUMAN RIGHT.
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ASSOCIATION. The act of a number of persons uniting together for some purpose; the persons so joined are also called an association. See Company.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'That this Association cordially recognises the principle of every member of the Corresponding Society defraying his own travelling expenses; and that it sees no objection whatever to the members of the said society pursuing their inquiries for any length of time they please, upon the same terms.
'That the members of the aforesaid Corresponding Society be, and are hereby informed, that their proposal to pay the postage of their letters, and the carriage of their parcels, has been deliberated upon by this Association: that this Association considers such proposal worthy of the great minds from which it emanated, and that it hereby signifies its perfect acquiescence therein.'
"Your portrait, to any one who loved you, would, for the sake of association, be without price."
Back of the association hall was a smaller room rented by the club.
Cold steel drawn in the rooms of the Give and Take Association! Such a thing had never happened before.
On the evening that I spoke before the Association there must have been not far from four thousand persons present.
The address which I delivered at Madison, before the National Educational Association, gave me a rather wide introduction in the North, and soon after that opportunities began offering themselves for me to address audiences there.
On the morrow after this conversation every member of the association received a sealed circular couched in the following terms:
As a result, leadership within the Association began to consider disaffiliation, as happened in the cases of the National Association of Disability Examiners (NADE) and National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), or develop new associations as happened with the American Coalition of Citizens with Disability (AACD) and the National Association of Rehabilitation Practitioners in the Private Sector (NARPPS).
LAHORE -- The Directorate General of Trade Organisation (DGTO) has revoked licences of various associations and chambers of commerce for misappropriation and non-compliance with the Trade Organisations Act 2013.
We are trying to figure out if the umbrella association in our community is a "master association." Our development is comprised of three underlying common interest community associations.
ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for Law and Justice Syed Ali Zafar addressed a huge gathering of Bar Associations from all over Pakistan in a ceremony on Wednesday to distribute Rs 33 million among the bars.

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