su·​per·​in·​ten·​dence | \ ˌsü-p(ə-)rin-ˈten-dən(t)s How to pronounce superintendence (audio) , ˌsü-pərn- \

Definition of superintendence

: the act or function of superintending or directing : supervision

Examples of superintendence in a Sentence

under her lax superintendence the company eventually went bankrupt the superintendence of the local music festival is handled jointly by the city and the county
Recent Examples on the Web That, and not reflexive support, knee-jerk opposition, or arrogant superintendence of the debate, is patriotism. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 In May, the superintendence actually discovered another Roman vessel near the Sicilian island of Ustica. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2021 Absent a compelling interest for such superintendence, the smart move is to get the state out of the game completely, and, thereby, to remove completely the temptations its involvement invariably yields. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 5 May 2021 So this appears to be a new trend in concert superintendence, which, much like Communism, would be best nipped in the bud. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, 2 Nov. 2019 Michael will oversee the administration, docket and calendar, observance of the rules of superintendence and timely reporting and termination of all cases in the court, according to a news release. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, 2 Jan. 2018 Nor did countless Americans expend their time, blood, and energy to allow unpopular people to speak without the vigorous superintendence of whoever temporarily commands the public’s support. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 19 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of superintendence

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Superintendence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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