[ soo-per-in-ten-duhn-see, soo-prin- ]
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noun,plural su·per·in·tend·en·cies.
  1. a district or place under a superintendent.

  2. the position or work of a superintendent.

  1. Also su·per·in·tend·ence. 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

Other words from superintendency

  • pre·su·per·in·tend·ence, noun
  • pre·su·per·in·tend·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use superintendency in a sentence

  • She was very happy over her contrivances, cutting out under her sister's superintendence.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • The living rooms and the table service no longer presented the attractive appearance they had done under his superintendence.

  • Suppose we could build, say our church and school, on Cocksmoor at once, and give our superintendence besides?

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • They are intrusted with the superintendence of all that is going on, and it is their duty to report privately to the king.

  • The work began on both sides of the ship under the superintendence of five officers.

    Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government

British Dictionary definitions for superintendency


/ (ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənsɪ, ˌsuːprɪn-) /

nounplural -cies
  1. the office or jurisdiction of a superintendent

  2. a district under the jurisdiction of a superintendent

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