can·​di·​da·​cy | \ ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio) , ˈka-nə-\
plural candidacies

Definition of candidacy

: the state of being a candidate he is expected to announce his candidacy

Examples of candidacy in a Sentence

He withdrew his candidacy after the scandal damaged his reputation.

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Joe Biden’s unsteady performance, meanwhile, weakened the candidacy of the Party’s highest-profile moderate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What the Democrats’ Turn Leftward Means for the Party’s Chances in 2020," 3 July 2019 Other commentators believed the film would harm the candidacy of David Dinkins, an African-American who was running for mayor of New York. Todd Leopold And Breeanna Hare, CNN, "'Do The Right Thing' still has something to say," 30 June 2019 But some of his rivals sense vulnerability and would like to challenge his position as the leading antidote to the unabashedly liberal candidacies of Sens. Washington Post, "Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening," 29 June 2019 Recently this column has been attempting to identify a premise for the Democratic presidential candidacy of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. James Freeman, WSJ, "Fake News and Fake Education?," 24 June 2019 Nor did many of those surveyed agree with the platform of the American Independent Party, an organization that traces its roots to the 1968 presidential candidacy of the late George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama. John Myers,, "California political parties couldn’t use ‘independent’ in their names under proposal," 21 June 2019 In 2016, the Ricketts family contributed $1.25 million to Future 45, a super PAC aimed at boosting the presidential candidacy of Republican Donald Trump. Eric Zorn,, "Thanks, Ricketts family, for aiding my transition from Cubs to Sox," 7 June 2019 With prominent ex-players seeming to rally around the candidacy of pitching coach Nate Yeskie, this is turning into a ticklish situation for athletic director Scott Barnes., "Would it be be best for the Beavers to go outside the program for a baseball coach? Diamonds & Dust," 6 June 2019 The moment was a low point for Ryan in a candidacy that was already struggling to gain attention and momentum. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "First night of Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of candidacy

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of candidacy

: the position of a person who is trying to be elected : the state of being a candidate


can·​di·​da·​cy | \ ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio) \
plural candidacies

Kids Definition of candidacy

: the position of a person who is trying to be elected : the state of being a candidate He announced his candidacy for governor.

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