From The Practical Ontology & Compendium of Social Cohesion

Definition: To govern means "to exercise continuous sovereign authority over." (Merriam-Webster) As used herein, to Govern means a Person, Group, or Organization - with continuous sovereign authority - makes Judgements in an attempt to direct, prohibit or limit the Actions of other Persons, a Group, or an Organization, directly or indirectly. For the "governance" of one Person by another, see Control.

Possible responses to the Desirable - Embrace, Surrender, Possible responses to the Undesirable - Avoid, Control, Master, Govern, Surrender Commentary
Governance has a noticeable degree of abstraction compared to Control. One Controls at the level of a given Machine, a particular Aspect of Nature, the Actions of a specific Person or Persons, e.g. one's own children, or over one's own Actions. One Governs Groups and Organizations by, for example, attempting to Control a Group or Organizational Leader. Quoted from: See: Control, Surrender Govern and Judgment - Self, other Person, Group, Organization Definition of GOVERN transitive verb 1 a : to exercise continuous sovereign authority over;especially : to control and direct the making and administration of policy in b : to rule without sovereign power and usually without having the authority to determine basic policy 2 a archaic : manipulate b : to control the speed of (as a machine) especially by automatic means 3 a : to control, direct, or strongly influence the actions and conduct of b : to exert a determining or guiding influence in or over<income must govern expenditure> c : to hold in check : restrain 4

to require (a word) to be in a certain case


to serve as a precedent or deciding principle for <customs that govern human decisions>

intransitive verb 1

to prevail or have decisive influence : control


to exercise authority

— gov·ern·able adjective See govern defined for English-language learners » See govern defined for kids » Examples of GOVERN The tribe is governed by a 10-member council. They want to form their own country and govern themselves. The scandal limited her ability to govern effectively. How would he govern if he were elected president? She suggested changing the state's laws governing the sale of alcohol. The council governs fishing in the region. We will be studying the forces that govern the Earth's climate. Tradition governs all aspects of their lives. He allows himself to be governed by his emotions. Origin of GOVERN Middle English, from Anglo-French governer, from Latin gubernare to steer, govern, from Greek kybernan First Known Use: 14th century Related to GOVERN Synonyms: boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, sway [archaic] Antonyms: lose Quoted from:

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