[in-ten-duh ns]
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  1. an administrative department, especially one in the government system introduced by the French statesman Richelieu during the 17th century, or the officials in charge of it.
  2. the official quarters of an intendant.
  3. the function of an intendant; superintendence; intendancy.

Origin of intendance

From French, dating back to 1730–40; see origin at intendant, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any of various public departments, esp in France
  2. a less common word for superintendenceSee superintendence
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