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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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One of Khosrowshahi’s first accomplishments was a grand-bargain deal that restructured the company’s governance and disempowered some early power players like former CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark (who were in the middle of a lawsuit). Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi thinks he has controlled his famously fractious board of directors," 9 Oct. 2018 Beyond the unprecedented illiberalism of the president’s rhetoric, his approach to governance has been substantively distinctive enough to warrant its own title. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trumpism Is Having Its Best Week Ever," 10 May 2018 Grieder’s platform has three specific priorities: improving governance, reducing administrative expenses and repairing relations between faculty and administrators. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Four Alamo Colleges trustees face re-election challenges," 7 Apr. 2018 Read more: How new wealth, few rules fuel family-office boom The Morgan Stanley group will help clients address estate-planning issues, family governance, asset allocation and portfolio strategy, according to the memo. Katherine Chiglinsky,, "Morgan Stanley Is Creating a Team to Help With Ultra-Wealthy Clients," 1 Mar. 2018 In August 2017 passive investor Vanguard cited gender diversity in its demand that U.S. companies improve their governance. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "These Are the 12 Fortune 500 Companies With Zero Women on Their Boards," 22 May 2018 This governance model failure is the real story underpinning the GE devolution. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "Readers React to WSJ’s Article on GE’s Decline," 17 Dec. 2018 Poor governance is also a major factor in pollution since lax enforcement of standards for car exhausts, crop burning, or dust from construction sites leads to more particulates in the air. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 Places where everyone has full autonomy—where governance can even be *mathematically* impossible, or at least only possible at the boundaries. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook removes misinformation, but only on a technicality," 12 Oct. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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