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parastatal (plural parastatals)
- (chiefly Africa) A company, agency, or intergovernmental organization that possesses political clout and is separate from the government, but whose activities serve the state, either directly or indirectly.
parastatal (not comparable)
- Pertaining to such a company or group.
- 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, Penguin, published 2010, page 918:
- ‘Parastatal’ organizations – local councils, representatives of business, the Red Cross – had been increasingly filling the gap left by the government’s maladministration [...].