[ UK /ɡˈʌvənd/ ]
[ US /ˈɡəvɝnd/ ]
  1. the body of people who are citizens of a particular government
    governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed
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How To Use governed In A Sentence

  • To erode that bedrock is to subscribe, to a “divine right of kings” theory of governance, in which those who govern are absolved from adhering to the basic moral standards to which the governed are accountable. Bush Slanders Freedom « Blog
  • The very existence of the Tea Party unsettles the assertion that stable liberal democracy yields a politics governed by reason alone. Feisal G. Mohamed: Against Historical Fundamentalism: Jill Lepore on the Tea Party
  • The Declaration affirms that governments "deriv [e] their just powers from the consent of the governed. Articles on National Review Online
  • When making a decision of minor importance, I have always found it advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however, such as the choice of a mate or a profession, the decision should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves. In the important decisions of personal life, we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature. Sigmund Freud 
  • Our thinking is as much governed by habit as by behaviour and changing our thinking habits is as difficult as altering our behaviour. Coping with Stress at Work
  • The phrenological examiner also had to take into account the development of the ‘intellectual’ faculties relative to those that governed the ‘animal’ functions.
  • The orchestra is governed by the musicians themselves, most of whom remain with the Philharmonic for a lifetime, closely protecting its artistic integrity.
  • He was lucky to have chosen traits in his plants that are governed by such genotypic interactions by luck; if he'd observed phenotypes influenced by polyploidy he would probably have concluded that 'god did it.' Full Text Of Obama's Big Race Speech: A Big Break With Political Precedent
  • In such circumstances, neither refusal nor apparent grant of consent would necessarily be the factor that governed the legality of the conduct in question. Times, Sunday Times
  • The London Hungarian Committee in 1849 quoted Article X, by Leopold II, of the House of Hapsburg, in 1790, which definitely stated that "Hungary with her appanages is a free kingdom, and in regard to her whole legal form of government (including all the tribunals) independent; that is, entangled with no other kingdom or people, but having her own peculiar consistence and constitution; accordingly to be governed by her legitimately crowned king after her peculiar laws and customs. Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman
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