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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.

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The British Dental Association points to NHS dentists going private and other practices have been inundated with patients - with queues lining the streets to sign up where places are available.
The National Childminding Association points out that a childminder is someone registered to care for another person's child ,not just a babysitter (Page 1, May 21).
Insisting that the words of the Interior Minister overstep social tolerance limits, the association points out that he "openly violates constitutional principles of the rule of law and the division of powers and infringes the presumption of innocence enshrined in the Constitution, as well as Bulgarian legislation and international treaties to which Bulgaria is a party".
The association points out that this principle is already applied to a network of 42,000 kms of motorways and is the "most efficient tool" for financing quality infrastructures.
The industry association points to national renewable energy action plans, submitted by member states under the 2009 RES Directive, as indicating that wind energy could provide over 14% of the EU's electricity by 2020.EWEA President Zervos wants RES targets for 2030 during the mandate of the current Commission and Parliament: "Barroso and other EU leaders need to consider their legacy," said Zervos.
The association points to UK evidence that living costs are up to 20% higher in rural areas.
The Greeting Card Association points out that more than 7 billion cards are purchased in the United States every year.

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