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English definition of “governing”

governing

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈɡʌv.ən.ɪŋ/ us    /-ɚ.nɪŋ/

governing adjective [before noun] (RULING)

having the power to govern a country or an organization: the governing body of the schoolRuling and governing

governing adjective [before noun] (INFLUENCING)

having a controlling influence on something: a governing principle/factorAffecting and influencing
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