Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.
Related to governable: exhaustible


v. gov·erned, gov·ern·ing, gov·erns
1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate: a valve that governs fuel intake.
3. To control the actions or behavior of: Govern yourselves like civilized people.
4. To keep under control; restrain: a student who could not govern his impulses.
5. To exercise a deciding or determining influence on: Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
6. Grammar To require (a specific morphological form) of accompanying words.
1. To exercise political authority.
2. To have or exercise a determining influence.

[Middle English governen, from Old French governer, from Latin gubernāre, from Greek kubernān.]

gov′ern·a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.governable - capable of being controlled
manageable - capable of being managed or controlled


Capable of being governed:


References in classic literature ?
For machinery it is, doing its work in perfect silence and with a motionless grace, that seems to hide a capricious and not always governable power, taking nothing away from the material stores of the earth.
Now, after going through its longest political crisis since Second World War, Germany finally has a government, but just how governable the country will be is another matter.
Ishrat's main purpose is to ask if Pakistan can become governable again his answer is yes, it can and then he goes on to present a long term agenda for institutional reform that is complex and difficult to implement but possible,' he said.
Dr Ishrat's main purpose in this book is to ask if Pakistan can become governable again his answer is yes, it can and then he goes on to present a long term agenda for institutional reform which is both complex and difficult to implement but if achieved will result in growth and equitable development, said the chief guest.
The former central bank governor said Pakistan can still become governable and grow like India and China, but for that the country needs to implement institutional reforms to break from its past of over 25 years.
amp;nbsp;However, conscience isn't governable by committee.
Somewhere within policymaking quarters, however, influential actors from regimes past who may very well have spearheaded the suppression of arts and expression as a means of keeping us governable, remain.
Those reports claimed that [beaucoup moins que]Egypt is no longer a governable state under Morsi[beaucoup plus grand que].
The latter concept here adopts the postulate that the role of management accounting and control systems is a functional technology for constructing a governable reality (Miller & O'Leary, 1987) given its instrumental capabilities towards monetization.
These steps he added changed the perception of the people and they started realizing that PTI was on the right track to make the province governable as it had become ungovernable federating units because of the bad governance in the past.
The message this year at the Davos 2017 'Responsible and Responsive Leadership' was clear and incisive; it is not anti-globalization rather a wake-up call for the systems to become resilient and not the governable.
Monitoring and profiling the "atomized actions" of populations allows the state to address a fragmented reality and create a new and governable collectivity.