What he does not like will then be the forbidding law of a most governable people, what he does like the consenting.
For she was wilful, you know, and would not have been governable.
He chose to remain away until it should have sufficiently worn down to be governable.
He is not governable by the ordinary motives which determine human action.
They exist partly as producers to maintain, partly as governable matter to obey, the Guardians; and to be cared for by them.
But the baroness and he were of one opinion, that Alvan in love was not likely to be governable by prudent counsel.
Even ambition, the least governable of all human passions, could then yield to the necessities of the State.
We are almost in love with one another: but she is most egregiously ugly; but perfectly well-bred, and governable as I please.
late 13c., from Old French governer (11c., Modern French gouverner) "govern," from Latin gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern" (cf. Spanish gobernar, Italian governare), originally "to steer," a nautical borrowing from Greek kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the root of cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Related: Governed; governing.