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[soo-per-in-ten-duh n-see, soo-prin-] /ˌsu pər ɪnˈtɛn dən si, ˌsu prɪn-/
noun, plural superintendencies.
a district or place under a superintendent.
the position or work of a superintendent.
Also, superintendence. the act or process of superintending; direction; supervision; oversight.
Origin of superintendency
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin superintendentia, equivalent to superintend(ere) to superintend + -entia -ency
Related forms
presuperintendence, noun
presuperintendency, noun Unabridged
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  • The whole had been arranged under the superintendence of Ballard, the architect of the Halles Centrales.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • He said that, as he had been intrusted with the superintendence so far, he should continue it to the end.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • She took the accounts and the superintendence into her own hands.

    Mary Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • These were eventually constructed from his designs and under his superintendence.

  • Hence, the superintendence of the household was a labour of great extent and responsibility.

  • They will not go on, however, without proper care and superintendence.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • The manufactory was at that time under the superintendence of Dn.

  • The tower of Babel was built by hundreds of men under no superintendence.

  • On our island two thirds were bidden in by the Government and I presume they will remain under the system of superintendence.

  • The whole is under the direction and superintendence of a chief factor, or chief trader.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for superintendence


/ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənsɪ; ˌsuːprɪn-/
noun (pl) -cies
the office or jurisdiction of a superintendent
a district under the jurisdiction of a superintendent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for superintendence

1570s, from superintend + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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