Definition of governance in English:

governance

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or manner of governing a state, organization, etc.

    ‘a more responsive system of governance will be required’
    • ‘The quality of political leadership and the system of governance is key to development.’
    • ‘What if there were two global systems of governance, and they weren't based on control of the landscape?’
    • ‘All primary care practitioners will have to develop systems for clinical governance.’
    • ‘For the first time, we are hearing of fresh concepts and ideas that will sustain a new system of governance.’
    • ‘He found more substance in and need for a federal system of governance in India.’
    • ‘Much of modern health care is team based, with the doctor one element in a wider system of clinical governance.’
    • ‘Software asset management is an integral part of good business governance.’
    • ‘Replacing corruption with good governance is the only sure way to prosperity for Africa.’
    • ‘Courts should have a major role in fighting corruption and improving governance.’
    • ‘Good governance and management of finances is surely key to keeping the debt crisis at bay.’
    • ‘They focus on improving governance and management through those clusters of teachers.’
    • ‘They are reluctant to cancel debt if the country in question does not have good governance or a credible government.’
    • ‘He was easily distracted from regional politics and domestic governance.’
    • ‘It had no direction, no vision, and no mechanism for either governance or management.’
    • ‘One shrewd participant insisted that the solution is leadership not governance.’
    • ‘If governments fail to deliver improvements in governance, they will lose aid.’
    • ‘Mrs Charity said one test for good governance in areas needing aid was zero tolerance of corruption.’
    • ‘They must also ensure that high standards of corporate governance and personal behaviour are maintained.’
    • ‘General patterns of corporate governance are evolving and practices in Europe may tend to coalesce.’
    • ‘Very few countries and societies have come close to achieving good governance in its totality.’
    1. 1.1archaic Rule; control.
      ‘what, shall King Henry be a pupil still, under the surly Gloucester's governance?’
      • ‘I don't think he's a very nice guy, I would not like to live under his governance.’
      • ‘The Christians under his governance obeyed these decrees, edicts, and commands.’
      headship, directorship, direction, governorship, governance, administration, jurisdiction, captaincy, superintendency, control, ascendancy, rule, command, power, mastery, domination, dominion, premiership, sovereignty

Origin

Middle English from Old French, from governer (see govern).

Pronunciation

governance

/ˈɡʌv(ə)nəns/