Definition of governing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

governing

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌvənɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌvərnɪŋ//
 
[only before noun]
 
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having the right and the authority to control something such as a country or an institution The Conservatives were then the governing party. The school's governing body (= the group of people who control the organization of the school) took responsibility for the decision.
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