What does Governance mean?

Definitions for Governance
ˈgʌv ər nənsGov·er·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. administration, governance, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisationnoun

    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, administrationnoun

    the act of governing; exercising authority

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


  1. governancenoun

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

    Etymology: From gouvernance.

  2. governancenoun

    The specific system by which a political system is ruled.

    Etymology: From gouvernance.

  3. governancenoun

    The group of people who make up an administrative body.

    Etymology: From gouvernance.

  4. governancenoun

    The state of being governed.

    Etymology: From gouvernance.

  5. governancenoun

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

    Etymology: From gouvernance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governancenoun

    exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement

    Etymology: [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

Editors Contribution

  1. governance

    To govern easily, efficiently and effectively.

    Excellent governance was provided by the prime minister of the country and ensured that all banks now pay their fair share of tax.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  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

Examples of Governance in a Sentence

  1. Wan Azizah:

    The crisis this country faces has encouraged the opposition parties to unite and more effectively fight UMNO and Barisan Nasional, we want to change the government and the institution of governance that is giving the prime minister ways and means to abuse it.

  2. Jeremy Douglas:

    The illicit drug market here is at a tipping point as synthetic opioid production appears to be migrating into places with deep governance problems like the Golden Triangle, southeast Asia could well become a source of opioids for other parts of the world while these substances get mixed into or displace part of the regional heroin supply.

  3. State Department:

    Democratic governance and human rights deteriorated dramatically during the year as the result of a campaign of the Maduro administration to consolidate its power, the most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by security forces, including government sponsored' colectivos' ; torture by security forces ; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions ; widespread arbitrary detentions ; and political prisoners.

  4. Liu Junhai:

    Twenty years ago this is unthinkable; an official government document would have settled any case, replacing administration with capitalism and shareholder rights; this is a big step in China's corporate governance.

  5. Mary Hilderbrand:

    Governance because it involves political, social and economic systems is very complex, and it is hard to know what is happening below the surface. It is too easy for governments to tick the boxes through institutional reforms without fundamentally changing anything.

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    any of a class of organic compounds containing the cyano radical -CN
    • A. nitrile
    • B. brasserie
    • C. conveyance
    • D. snap

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