gov·ern /'gə-vərn/ vt
1: to exercise continuous sovereign authority over; esp: to control and direct the administration of policy in
2: to exert a determining or guiding influence in or over
the testator's assets are govern ed by will substitutes — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
3: to serve as a precedent or deciding principle for
the law govern ing bills of lading
United States v. Leon govern s the case at bar
gov·er·na·ble /'gə-vər-nə-bəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb administer, administrate, assume command, be in power, coercere, command, conduct, control, dictate, direct, dominate, enact, exercise authority, exercise power over, exert authority, give orders, guide, have authority, have executive charge of, have jurisdiction over, head, hold authority, hold office, hold sway, lead, legislate, manage, officiate, order, oversee, pilot, prescribe, preside over, prevail on, regere, regulate, reign, restrain, rule, steer, superintend, supervise, take charge, take command, wield authority associated concepts: governing authority, governing body, governing law foreign phrases:
- Minor minorem custodire non debet, alios enim praesumitur male regere qui seipsum regere nescit. — A minor ought not to be guardian to a minor, for a person who knows not how to govern himself is presumed to be unfit to govern others.
- Mitius imperanti melius paretun — The more gently a person commands, the better he is obeyed
II index administer (conduct), command, control (regulate), curb, direct (order), direct (supervise), discipline (control), dominate, handle (manage), inhibit, manage, manipulate (utilize skillfully), moderate (preside over), officiate, operate, overlook (superintend), oversee, predominate (command), preside, prevail (be in force), qualify (condition), regulate (manage), restrain, subject, subjugate, superintend, wield

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To control and regulate the affairs of an organization, institution, nation, state, or group of people.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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