Definition of governance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌv(ə)nəns/


[mass noun]
1The action or manner of governing a state, organization, etc. a more responsive system of governance will be required
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  • The quality of political leadership and the system of governance is key to development.
  • What if there were two global systems of governance, and they weren't based on control of the landscape?
  • All primary care practitioners will have to develop systems for clinical governance.
1.1 archaic Rule; control: what, shall King Henry be a pupil still, under the surly Gloucester’s governance?
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  • I don't think he's a very nice guy, I would not like to live under his governance.
  • The Christians under his governance obeyed these decrees, edicts, and commands.


Middle English: from Old French, from governer (see govern).

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