trust·​ee·​ship | \ ˌtrə-ˈstē-ˌship How to pronounce trusteeship (audio) \

Definition of trusteeship

1 : the office or function of a trustee
2 : supervisory control by one or more countries over a trust territory

Examples of trusteeship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But public trusteeship for broadcast and diverse ownership began to unravel with the libertarian shift of the Reagan era. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 During these decades, broadcasters were held to a standard of public trusteeship, in which the right to use the airwaves came with a mandate to provide for democratic discourse. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 Today depictions of African weakness, Western trusteeship and Chinese ruthlessness are continuations of these stereotypes. Yan Hairong, Quartz Africa, "The truth about Chinese migrants in Africa and their self-segregation," 4 June 2020 Captain Burnett, who died in 1922, willed the bulk of his estate to his granddaughter in a trusteeship for his yet-unborn great-grandchild, who would become Anne Marion. New York Times, "Anne Marion, Texas Rancher, Heiress and Arts Patron, Dies at 81," 25 Feb. 2020 Gandhi argued that companies should act as trusteeships, valuing social responsibility alongside profits, a view recently echoed by the Business Roundtable. Sudev Sheth, Quartz India, "What Gandhi would’ve thought of today’s self-driving cars and e-commerce," 1 Oct. 2019 Complicating negotiations is the involvement of the U.S. government, which has formed a trusteeship with the company to oversee the sale, the sources said. Reuters, The Mercury News, "BlackRock in talks to take over Cofense after U.S. security concerns — sources," 28 July 2019 The degrees of separation between Kanders’s trusteeship at the Whitney and what’s happening at the border are numerous and intricate enough to make my head hurt. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 In some colleges where trusteeship is taken seriously, new trustees are actually assigned mentors, and an internal governance committee might do a biannual assessment of a new trustee’s performance. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Back-to-School Advice for College Trustees," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of trusteeship

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trusteeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trusteeship

: the position or job of a trustee
: control over an area of land given to a country or countries by the United Nations

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