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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So there is a huge scope here to allocate scarce resources more efficiently and to improve the quality of governance. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 Cause this is not only a personal failure, this is a failure of governance. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Tesla’s board is too weak to stop its CEO Elon Musk from tweeting," 5 Oct. 2018 The Hueys are used to safeguard America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases and to take key government leadership to safety, ensuring continuation of governance. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Meet the new Air Force helicopters that can 'defy Armageddon'," 27 Sep. 2018 The current two-track system of global governance is unsustainable. Matthew Pennington, The Seattle Times, "At UN this year, it’s Trump versus the world," 25 Sep. 2018 Much advance coverage focused not just on the generational implications of the decision, but on how well the administration was keeping the choice from the press, treating the shell game like a proxy test of governance. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Trump’s Reality TV Supreme Court Rollout, Slick and Substance-Free," 10 July 2018 Most members of the state’s solidly Democratic congressional delegation have seen a surge in prospective interns, as the Trump administration moves through its second year of governance. James Sullivan,, "Political internships surge in the age of Trump," 27 June 2018 Here’s what these events mean for Ethiopia’s governance – and for the EPRDF, the four-party coalition that has tightly controlled Ethiopian politics for the last 27 years. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 The group, Open Mic, holds no shares in the company, but its call has now been echoed by a group of investors holding nearly $3 billion in Facebook shares, which has grown increasingly restless about Facebook’s corporate governance. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Could Mark Zuckerberg Face a Coup d'Etat at Facebook?," 26 June 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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