gov·​er·​nance | \ ˈgə-vər-nən(t)s \

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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Some corporate-governance experts say separate executive and board leadership can improve oversight. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Whirlpool CEO Named Board Chairman," 17 Dec. 2018 When Denholm was appointed, Sroufe pointed out that her existence as chairwoman was a good thing — one that indicated that Tesla took its duty to improve governance seriously. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk doesn’t respect the SEC, which is still investigating Tesla," 14 Dec. 2018 Thirty-seven were associated with New York City governance (the NYPD cameras on light poles and service vehicles, security cameras in LinkNYC kiosks, cameras in MTA stations). Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 There's nothing like using modern technology to better understand 16th century governance in the English countryside. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Used X-Rays to Read This 400-Year-Old Burnt Up Scroll," 4 Oct. 2018 Building on the original principles of the Outer Space Treaty, applying those same themes of international governance to a new space age. Ramin Skibba, Smithsonian, "Greening the Future of Outer Space," 2 June 2018 Wynn Resorts has drawn the scrutiny and criticism of corporate governance experts for years. New York Times, "With Steve Wynn Gone, ‘Queen of Las Vegas’ Does Boardroom Battle," 10 May 2018 But reform of corporate governance also has some powerful political tailwinds behind it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 As the partnership takes shape, graduate researchers plan to push for a greater role in the process, possibly developing a governance committee to advise the chancellor. Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "Foxconn’s $100M deal with the University of Wisconsin has students worried," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of governance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for governance

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English Language Learners Definition of governance

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

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