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[soo-per-in-ten-duh n-see, soo-prin-] /ˌsu pər ɪnˈtɛn dən si, ˌsu prɪn-/
noun, plural superintendencies.
a district or place under a superintendent.
the position or work of a superintendent.
Also, superintendence. the act or process of superintending; direction; supervision; oversight.
Origin of superintendency
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin superintendentia, equivalent to superintend(ere) to superintend + -entia -ency
Related forms
presuperintendence, noun
presuperintendency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for superintendency
  • The superintendency is often described as an unpleasant, even impossible, job.
  • Additionally, the court has superintendency authority over the registered land office in each registry of deeds.
  • The rural school superintendency is, in many ways, as demanding and difficult as the urban superintendency.
  • Refutes popular belief of a crisis in the superintendency.
  • Excluding the superintendency from overall improvement designs or demeaning its contribution could unravel many change efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for superintendency


/ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənsɪ; ˌsuːprɪn-/
noun (pl) -cies
the office or jurisdiction of a superintendent
a district under the jurisdiction of a superintendent
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