from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act, process, or power of governing; government: "Regaining a sense of the state is thus an absolute priority, not only for an effective policy against . . . terrorism, but also for governance itself” ( Moorhead Kennedy).
  • n. The state of being governed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process, or the power, of governing; government or administration.
  • n. The specific system by which a political system is ruled.
  • n. The group of people who make up an administrative body.
  • n. The state of being governed.
  • n. Accountability for consistent, cohesive policies, processes and decision rights.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government; exercise of authority; direction; control; management.
  • n. Behavior; manners.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of governing; exercising authority
  • n. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something


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From Old French gouvernance.


  • In this context I would like to mention such important issues as: the responsibility of the members and structures of our movement and the broad democratic movement to defend the democratic state and its institutions; respect for the institutions of the democratic state by members and supporters of our movement; respect for the institutions of the democratic state and public property owned by the people as a whole, during the exercise of the entrenched democratic right to engage in public demonstrations; the use of force during public demonstrations and mass protests resulting in such unacceptable actions as violent assaults against the people, intimidation in various forms, looting and destruction of property; the deepening of popular participation in governance through such interventions as the Ward Committee system and the Izimbizo process; the constituency work of our public representatives at national, provincial and local levels, and its relevance to the process of democratisation; the place of civic street committees and similar structures, as well as non-governmental and community based organisations in the process of deepening our democracy; the concerns raised by the media about restrictions to the freedom of the press, as well as issues that relate to the responsibility and public accountability of the media; and, the full integration of the institution of traditional government within our democratic system of governance�.


  • I felt that her abandoning Alaska governance is a gain for the Alaskans especially to the Inuit people.

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  • Our security standards -- what we call governance management -- is one of the core disciplines we are focused on.

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  • The work of 'governance' is being distributed through the eighth nation in real-time and is yet another example of how harnessing the constant flow of cyberlife and redirecting it in ways that target relevance can leave an indelible mark on democracy.

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  • The local corruption has not affected us much but I do hope the military will assume a role in governance here now, we have had zero police protection for a long time as is usual in most of México.

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  • Although the general election has not been a global controversy as in Iran, the future of Indonesia's governance is still under close monitoring by overseas governments, human rights organizations and international media establishments.

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  • If they cannot do this, they can make it possible for us to sue the relatives and estates of African rulers and freeze their accounts until good governance is restored.

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  • On top of that, NATO and the international community have not adequately figured out how to deal with the host of self-seeking officials, rival groups, power brokers and other problems in governance at provincial and local levels.

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  • Accompanying that redesign of governance is the necessity to "perform" for the public, to show that a mission has been accomplished even if it hasn't.

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  • She stands at the head of a minority government, having failed to win a mandate for the Labor Party at last year's federal election, and gives the impression of being almost as consumed by the knockabout of day-to-day Canberra politics as by the longer-term governance of the country.

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  • a synonym of tyranny.

    April 27, 2008