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

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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

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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,, "Akron extends hours at 4 community centers to provide respite from frigid temperatures," 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, "Yes, Let’s Rethink Free Speech," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of superintendence

1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superintendence was in 1559

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