auspice

[aw-spis] .
noun, plural auspices [aw-spuh-siz] .
1.
Usually, auspices. patronage; support; sponsorship: under the auspices of the Department of Education.
2.
Often, auspices. a favorable sign or propitious circumstance.
3.
a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds.

Origin:
1525–35; < French < Latin auspicium a bird-watching, divination from flight of birds, equivalent to auspic- (stem of auspex) + -ium -ium

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auspice (ˈɔːspɪs)
 
n , pl -pices
1.  (usually plural) patronage or guidance (esp in the phrase under the auspices of)
2.  (often plural) a sign or omen, esp one that is favourable
 
[C16: from Latin auspicium augury from birds; see auspex]

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Again, scientific peer review of study protocols and results would occur for all research conducted under this auspice.
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