can·di·da·cy | \ˈkan-də-də-sē, 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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The Enquirer / Pat Brennan Emmanuel Ledesma's 2018 season for Futbol Club Cincinnati is turning into a strong candidacy for Most Valuable Player honors. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati's Emmanuel Ledesma named USL Player of the Month for June," 12 July 2018 Anti-corruption NGOs were notably unenthusiastic about his candidacy. The Economist, "Will AMLO deliver?," 5 July 2018 Such a candidacy is likely to be viewed as a long shot in deeply conservative Kentucky, where Republicans are gaining traction on Democrats among registered voters. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Attica Scott? Louisville Democrat 'seriously considering' 2019 run," 5 July 2018 As the Republican establishment and conservative insurgents joust among themselves, so do establishment Democrats and progressives such as Ocasio-Cortez who were energized by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy in 2016. Michael Smolens,, "Immigration reform seems impossible now ... and forever?," 1 July 2018 Manning, whose prison sentence for leaking classified information was commuted by President Barack Obama, announced her candidacy in January, but her campaign has faltered since then. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "These Are the Crucial Primary Races You Should Be Watching Today," 26 June 2018 In a video announcing her candidacy, Fried made clear that the state’s fumbling of the medical marijuana issue will be a top campaign point for her, along with tighter regulation of semi-automatic rifles. Dan Sweeney,, "Florida Cabinet races will feature three Broward candidates," 22 June 2018 The confrontation in 1804 stemmed from their long-standing rivalry, which intensified after, Burr claimed, Hamilton foiled his candidacy for New York governor. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Alexander Hamilton, immigrant and statesman, dies at 47 — or 49," 12 July 2018 His blue-collar roots have defined his candidacy, starting with his launch video. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Ironworker Randy Bryce being paid undisclosed amount by Democratic firm," 11 July 2018

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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 \
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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