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[soo-per-in-ten-duh n-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.
  3. Also su·per·in·tend·ence. the act or process of superintending; direction; supervision; oversight.
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Origin of superintendency

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin superintendentia, equivalent to superintend(ere) to superintend + -entia -ency
Related formspre·su·per·in·tend·ence, nounpre·su·per·in·tend·en·cy, noun
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Related Words for superintendence

control, direction, safekeeping, protection, administration, keeping, supervision, charge, management, aegis, trust, ward, auspices, tutelage, custody, guardianship, ministration, wardship

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Historical Examples of superintendence

  • Upon me little by little had devolved the superintendence of affairs.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • And now, who is to have the superintendence of the country, and what shall be the arrangement?



  • Translated from the French under the Superintendence of the Author.

  • This is superintendence;—looking over the condition and progress of the scholar.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • These impressions must have been taken by himself, or, at least, under his superintendence.

British Dictionary definitions for superintendence


noun plural -cies
  1. the office or jurisdiction of a superintendent
  2. a district under the jurisdiction of a superintendent
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Word Origin and History for superintendence


1570s, from superintend + -ence.

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