gov·​er·​nance | \ ˈgə-vər-nən(t)s How to pronounce governance (audio) \

Definition of governance

: government the challenges of national governance

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Examples of governance in a Sentence

They have very different approaches to the governance of the city. after World War II, the four Allied nations shared the governance of the territory of postwar Germany under the Allied Control Council

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Juana herself had never shown any particular inclinations towards governance, but nonetheless there are strong suggestions that the decision to leave the ruling of Castile to Ferdinand was not entirely of Juana's own volition. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 The Vatican insisted Zanchetta was facing governance problems at the time and that the first accusation of abuse came in late 2018. Washington Post, "Prosecutor accuses Argentine bishop close to pope of abuse," 8 June 2019 Local control means respect and nurturing by the state of a strong, robust state-municipal partnership to governance. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What the heck does “local control” even mean?," 6 June 2019 Such policies have been adopted by governance committees of Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Facebook, Home Depot and others. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Sinclair Broadcast looks for boost from sports betting, CEO tells shareholders," 6 June 2019 The Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are currently under the partial governance of the Palestinian Authority. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Jared Kushner: 'I'm not here to be trusted by Palestinian leaders'," 30 May 2019 For nearly five decades prior, South Africa was run by a white supremacist minority which created a system of governance based entirely on racial segregation. Cassidy George, Vogue, "Meet Thebe Magugu, the Designer at the Heart of South Africa’s Cultural Renaissance," 20 May 2019 Fitch this year began scoring the relevance of environmental, social and governance factors on its credit ratings. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Anti-Money-Laundering Controls Play Bigger Role in Credit Ratings," 9 May 2019 The non-profit organization also made a number of reforms to its corporate governance structure last year, including the creation of a new supervisory board and ethics committee, chaired by Bruno Cotte. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "France's Sacem Posts Record Revenues of $1.7 Billion," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of governance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for governance

see govern

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English Language Learners Definition of governance

formal : the way that a city, company, etc., is controlled by the people who run it

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