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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America’s Constitution was once celebrated as a radical and successful blueprint for democratic governance, a model for fledgling republics across the world. Dan Baum, Harpers Magazine, "October 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 America’s Constitution was once celebrated as a radical and successful blueprint for democratic governance, a model for fledgling republics across the world. Louis Michael Seidman, Harper's magazine, "Constitution in Crisis," 16 Sep. 2019 Advocates of corporate reform hope that the verdict will convince Samsung and other conglomerates to make good on their vows to improve transparency and corporate governance, which would benefit them in the long term. The Economist, "Samsung’s boss thought he was out of the woods. Not so fast," 5 Sep. 2019 More broadly, American politics long have shown not an antagonism but an alliance between national self-governance and individual liberties. Fred Bauer, National Review, "What the Nationalism vs. Liberalism Debate Misses," 28 Aug. 2019 Out of 18 categories, the audit summary rated nine as high risk in governance, finance or due process and seven as medium risk. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Audit slams Indy-based USA Diving on finances, conflicts of interest," 19 Aug. 2019 The Federal Reserve has capped its assets at $1.95 trillion until corporate governance improves, and the bank plans to lay off 5% to 10% of its overall workforce by 2020. Roland Li,, "‘Wall Street West’ no more? Banks shrink as tech grows in San Francisco," 4 Aug. 2019 Can the Presidential hopeful push the Democratic Party to embrace corporate co-governance as a solution to wealth disparity? Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Presidential Debates: The Candidates in The New Yorker," 26 June 2019 Corporate governance — What say does the seller have in ongoing strategic, operating, and financial decisions? Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: When I sell my company, should I consider “rolling over equity” into the buyer’s company?," 23 June 2019

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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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