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governance

[guhv-er-nuh ns] /ˈgʌv ər nəns/
noun
1.
government; exercise of authority; control.
2.
a method or system of government or management.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English governaunce < Old French < Medieval Latin gubernantia; see govern, -ance
Related forms
nongovernance, noun
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governance

/ˈɡʌvənəns/
noun
1.
government, control, or authority
2.
the action, manner, or system of governing
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Word Origin and History for nongovernance

governance

n.

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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