One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a person (now archaic), or a person's character, mind, behaviour, etc.: temperate, measured, self-controlled; reasonable, sensible.
2Of a state, society, etc.: ruled by a good or effective government, well-ruled.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Wyclif (d. 1384), theologian, philosopher, and religious reformer. From well + governed.
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