What does governance mean?

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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. 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?

  2. Selahattin Demirtas:

    Nation states are not a solution for democratic governance. This is same for Kurdish people. To see it as a solution is same as trying to drink water while drowning. The real necessity is oxygen not water. The solution is to get out of water and take a deep breath, decrease nation state and increase social democracy. Therefore our requests of a state are no further than a social and deeply rooted democracy.

  3. Rohan Walsh:

    It's probably a sensible sale - raise a bit of capital, get rid of some governance issues.

  4. Energy Minister Slim Feriani:

    We are constantly receiving petitions about corruption suspicions, but there is no proof of that. Yet we are seeking to strengthen corporate governance.

  5. Metallon CEO Richardson:

    Today’s EGM result has delivered a clear mandate for change, in line with Metallon’s primary objective of a strengthened board, greater oversight and stronger governance at Lekoil, in order to unlock greater shareholder value for all.

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