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.

  2. governancenoun

    The specific system by which a political system is ruled.

  3. governancenoun

    The group of people who make up an administrative body.

  4. governancenoun

    The state of being governed.

  5. governancenoun

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

  6. Etymology: From gouvernance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Governancenoun

    Etymology: from govern.

    Jonathan took the governance upon him at that time, and rose up instead of his brother Judas. 1 Mac. ix. 31.

    Me he knew not, neither his own ill,
    ’Till through wise handling, and fair governance,
    I him recured to a better will. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    What! shall king Henry be a pupil still,
    Under the surly Glo’ster’s governance? William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governancenoun

    exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement

  2. 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. Ron Johnson:

    You take a look at open borders, 40-year high inflation, record gas prices, rising crime, the Republicans can't talk about the results of The Republicans governance, so The Republicans've got to try and find something else to run on.

  2. Riek Machar:

    The massacres against Nuer in Juba, South Sudan triggered the present civil war, which Kiir feigned as a coup against the state. Our people and the whole world know there was no coup. It all started as a political dispute within the SPLM Governance.

  3. Jesse Fried:

    [ It ] could be a plus or a minus. If it's a minus, it pales in comparison to the other risks, from investors' perspective, WeWork is associated with many business and governance risks.

  4. Mahamadou Issoufou:

    The trust fund is not enough. 1.8 billion euros is far from enough, what we want is not just official development assistance in this form but reform of global governance. World trade must be fair. There must be more investment in Africa. Official development assistance is good but it's not sufficient.

  5. Ashby Monk:

    It's a very different skill, the risk management tools, the governance tools, the oversight tools are simply just not there.

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