can·​di·​da·​cy ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio)
plural candidacies
: 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 The country’s top court in January affirmed an administrative decision blocking Ms. Machado’s candidacy. Regina Garcia Cano, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2024 The former president has repeatedly lambasted the case brought against him by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, claiming the prosecution was politically motivated and designed to harm his candidacy for the White House. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 30 May 2024 Kerry Kennedy, the sister of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has become the face of her family’s effort to block her brother’s independent candidacy and re-elect President Biden. Anjali Huynh, New York Times, 23 May 2024 Yet his win came only after two governors opposed his candidacy and sought to cancel elections that would have featured Page. Bryna Godar, The Conversation, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for candidacy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of candidacy was in 1693

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“Candidacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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can·​di·​da·​cy ˈkan-dəd-ə-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio)
plural candidacies
: the state of being a candidate
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