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[guhv-er-nuh ns] /ˈgʌv ər nəns/
government; exercise of authority; control.
a method or system of government or management.
Origin of governance
1325-75; Middle English governaunce < Old French < Medieval Latin gubernantia; see govern, -ance
Related forms
nongovernance, noun Unabridged
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  • It's a story about governance and how local government can go really wrong.
  • He was wise in the ways of corporate governance and rich in the lessons of life.
  • Helping such anarchic places to improve their governance a bit has many benefits.
  • Currently our system of ocean governance is piecemeal.
  • Students of corporate governance view them less benignly.
  • He expects the back and forth between shopkeepers and customers to evolve into a marketplace and some basic form of governance.
  • The leaders' next meeting is to focus on such governance issues.
  • But current governance does not allow us to use management tools and policy instruments in a systematic, holistic way.
  • It has built an enviable reputation for good governance and political stability.
  • The answer is good governance and a widely held belief that being second best isn't good enough.
British Dictionary definitions for governance


government, control, or authority
the action, manner, or system of governing
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Word Origin and History for governance

late 14c., "act or manner of governing," from Old French gouvernance "government, rule, administration; (rule of) conduct," from governer (see govern). Fowler writes that the word "has now the dignity of incipient archaism," but it might continue useful in its original sense as government comes primarily to mean "the governing power in a state."

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governance in Technology
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