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An institution in which scholars pursue research in public policy. Largely funded by endowments and grants, think tanks work to improve public awareness of policy issues (through publications) and to influence the government to act upon issues of national importance. (See power elite.)
A newspaper or magazine article of intellectual virtue or pretension; a thoughtful essay: The Knightly Quest drifts off into a think-piece on the nature of romantics and the state of the nation (1947+)