stewardship

noun stew·ard·ship \ ˈstü-ərd-ˌship , ˈstyü- ; ˈst(y)u̇rd- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of stewardship

1 : the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2 : the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care
  • stewardship of natural resources

Examples of stewardship in a Sentence

  1. generally the dean left the day-to-day stewardship of the college to the assistant dean

  2. she believes that stewardship of the environment is everyone's responsibility

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Good stewardship

When stewardship first appeared in English during the Middle Ages, it functioned as a job description, denoting the office of a steward, or manager of a large household. Over the centuries, its range of reference spread to the oversight of law courts, employee unions, college dining halls, Masonic lodges, and many other organizations. In recent years, the long-established "management" sense of stewardship has evolved a positive meaning, “careful and responsible management.” This sense is commonly found nowadays in contexts such as “stewardship of the environment, the family business,” etc. It also occasionally appears as an adjective in phrases such as “stewardship fundraising" (that is, fundraising aimed at building good relationships with donors in order to keep them loyal).

First Known Use of stewardship

15th century


STEWARDSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

stewardship

noun

Definition of stewardship for English Language Learners

  • : the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something



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