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[guhv-er-nuh ns] /ˈgʌv ər nəns/
government; exercise of authority; control.
a method or system of government or management.
Origin of governance
1325-75; Middle English governaunce < Old French < Medieval Latin gubernantia; see govern, -ance
Related forms
nongovernance, noun Unabridged
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  • Lysken, it should be a right strange world, where thou hadst the governance!

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • This was soon made apparent during the first year of her governance.


    Emile Cammaerts
  • Side by side with that, as we now see, we must change the governance of nations.

    The Village Wife's Lament Maurice Hewlett
  • Again and again complaints were raised of 'want of governance.'

  • In the face of such facts, the estates continued to be withheld from her governance.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for governance


government, control, or authority
the action, manner, or system of governing
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Word Origin and History for governance

late 14c., "act or manner of governing," from Old French gouvernance "government, rule, administration; (rule of) conduct," from governer (see govern). Fowler writes that the word "has now the dignity of incipient archaism," but it might continue useful in its original sense as government comes primarily to mean "the governing power in a state."

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