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.
Recent Examples on the Web Youngkin’s candidacy, meanwhile, is an early, crucial test of Republicans’ ability to craft a comeback in next year’s midterm elections. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 Concerns were raised in recent days from Black pastors and the Mobile chapter of the NAACP over multiple campaign mailers and an emergence of campaign signs backing Manzie’s candidacy. al, 6 Oct. 2021 Wainwright’s candidacy as an elite pitcher of his time should strengthen during the five years between his retirement and his first appearance on a Hall of Fame ballot. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Duterte has some of the highest approval ratings of any Philippine president, and a possible Duterte-Carpio candidacy is seen as a continuation of her father’s rule. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 4 Oct. 2021 The viability of a McMullin candidacy hinges on a few basic assumptions. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 Whether Trump's aggressive approach to a DeSantis' candidacy impacts the Florida' governor's thinking about 2024 remains to be seen. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 The senior finished with 323 yards of total offense and three combined scores, breathing life into a Heisman Trophy candidacy that had yet to register on a national scale. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 According to the Mequon-Thiensville School District website, candidates have until 5 p.m. Oct. 5 to file candidacy papers at the district's office, 5000 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of candidacy

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of candidacy was in 1848

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14 Oct 2021

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“Candidacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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