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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This is a mistake because bad behavior by executives is evidence of weak governance and a flawed corporate culture. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "#MeToo Is Not a Buying Opportunity for Investors," 12 July 2018 The extraordinary rescue of the youth soccer squad has been a rare cause for cheer in a nation that has endured four years of military governance and a growing rural-urban divide. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 But low levels of trust, poor governance and corruption do all that too. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 For STEM Academy would be responsible for hiring, governance and operations at each school. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Possible charter partner revealed for HISD's struggling schools," 20 Apr. 2018 California is in the midst of an experiment in progressive governance and active resistance that is combining to create a simultaneously dangerous and tantalizing experiment in state autonomy. David French, National Review, "California’s Soft Secession Accelerates," 26 Jan. 2018 Put another way, governance is not just a matter of enacting policies, but having stable norms. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Weak, Effective Authoritarian," 25 Jan. 2018 Tunisia’s many young people, unemployed graduates and civil society activists wanted to be part of the local governance. Aytug Sasmaz, Washington Post, "Who really won Tunisia’s first democratic local elections?," 1 June 2018 And for me first off, and super important, was the governance of the company. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Code 2018," 31 May 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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