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
generally the dean left the day-to-day stewardship of the college to the assistant dean
she believes that stewardship of the environment is everyone's responsibility
Recent Examples of stewardship from the Web
Profits from the program are reinvested in the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, an organization devoted to protecting the marine environment through sustainable fishing, local stewardship and habitat protection.
Andy Stahl is executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, a watchdog group that describes its mission as holding the Forest Service accountable for responsible land stewardship.
The nonprofit organization Friends of Acadia was founded in 1986 to preserve, protect and promote the stewardship of the park (friendsofacadia.org).
As director of stewardship, Michael is responsible for the largest fundraising campaign the archdiocese has ever undertaken.
Between her late-July resignation as DNC chairwoman and the late-August Florida congressional primaries, her Democratic challenger Tim Canova hammered Wasserman Schultz’s stewardship of the party.
Flannery will assume the Chairman’s title as well on Jan. 1, 2018—which will put a formal end to Immelt’s long stewardship of the company.
Science teacher Anthony Botros spearheaded the effort to secure the recognition, which promotes responsible environmental stewardship at schools and instructs students in sustainable practices.
Visitors also can learn about the station's engineering practices, emergency preparedness, used fuel storage, safety, security, environmental stewardship and community outreach.
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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
STEWARDSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stewardship for English Language Learners
: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something
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