What does Governance mean?

Definitions for Governanceˈgʌv ər nəns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Governance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. administration, governance, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisation(noun)

    the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"

  2. government, governing, governance, government activity, administration(noun)

    the act of governing; exercising authority

    "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"


  1. governance(Noun)

    The process, or the power, of governing; government or administration.

  2. governance(Noun)

    The specific system by which a political system is ruled.

  3. governance(Noun)

    The group of people who make up an administrative body.

  4. governance(Noun)

    The state of being governed.

  5. governance(Noun)

    Accountability for consistent, cohesive policies, processes and decision rights.

  6. Origin: From gouvernance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governance(noun)

    exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement

  2. Origin: [F. gouvernance.]


  1. Governance

    Governance is the act of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists of either a separate process or part of decision-making or leadership processes. In modern nation-states, these processes and systems are typically administered by a government. When discussing governance in particular organisations, the quality of governance within the organisation is often compared to a standard of good governance. In the case of a business or of a non-profit organization, governance relates to consistent management, cohesive policies, guidance, processes and decision-rights for a given area of responsibility. For example, managing at a corporate level might involve evolving policies on privacy, on internal investment, and on the use of data. To distinguish the term governance from government: "governance" is what a "governing body" does. It might be a geo-political entity, a corporate entity, a socio-political entity, or any number of different kinds of governing bodies, but governance is the way rules are set and implemented.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. governance

    The state


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Governance in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Governance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jean-Pierre Levy:

    In the pursuance of ocean governance we must strive to reduce the north-south gap

  2. Hank Gonzalez:

    The changes determined by the board today will contribute to the strengthening of corporate governance at Grupo Financiero Banorte.

  3. Bruce Schulte:

    They told 51 percent of the Anchorage voters who passed this that their time and energy has been wasted because 11 members of the Assembly know better, That's not good governance.

  4. Benigno Aquino:

    The bottom line is there was a mode of governance existing in our country then that allowed such a thing to happen, and who was the principal author of that mode of governance in turning us into a dictatorship?

  5. Manabu Terata:

    The disappointment with the DPJ wasn't due to policies but governance - instability, infighting, defections and three premiers in three years, we haven't shown ... that we were able to improve and strengthen our governance as a party.

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