Definition of governance in US English:

governance

noun

  • 1The action or manner of governing.

    ‘a more responsive system of governance will be required’
    • ‘He found more substance in and need for a federal system of governance in India.’
    • ‘For the first time, we are hearing of fresh concepts and ideas that will sustain a new system of governance.’
    • ‘Very few countries and societies have come close to achieving good governance in its totality.’
    • ‘Courts should have a major role in fighting corruption and improving governance.’
    • ‘All primary care practitioners will have to develop systems for clinical governance.’
    • ‘Replacing corruption with good governance is the only sure way to prosperity for Africa.’
    • ‘The quality of political leadership and the system of governance is key to development.’
    • ‘General patterns of corporate governance are evolving and practices in Europe may tend to coalesce.’
    • ‘What if there were two global systems of governance, and they weren't based on control of the landscape?’
    • ‘They must also ensure that high standards of corporate governance and personal behaviour are maintained.’
    • ‘They are reluctant to cancel debt if the country in question does not have good governance or a credible government.’
    • ‘Much of modern health care is team based, with the doctor one element in a wider system of clinical governance.’
    • ‘He was easily distracted from regional politics and domestic governance.’
    • ‘They focus on improving governance and management through those clusters of teachers.’
    • ‘Mrs Charity said one test for good governance in areas needing aid was zero tolerance of corruption.’
    • ‘If governments fail to deliver improvements in governance, they will lose aid.’
    • ‘It had no direction, no vision, and no mechanism for either governance or management.’
    • ‘Software asset management is an integral part of good business governance.’
    • ‘Good governance and management of finances is surely key to keeping the debt crisis at bay.’
    • ‘One shrewd participant insisted that the solution is leadership not governance.’
    1. 1.1archaic Sway; control.
      ‘what, shall King Henry be a pupil still, under the surly Gloucester's governance?’
      • ‘The Christians under his governance obeyed these decrees, edicts, and commands.’
      • ‘I don't think he's a very nice guy, I would not like to live under his governance.’
      headship, directorship, direction, governorship, administration, jurisdiction, captaincy, superintendency, control, ascendancy, rule, command, power, mastery, domination, dominion, premiership, sovereignty
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from governer (see govern).

Pronunciation

governance

/ˈɡəvərnəns//ˈɡəvərnəns/