presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈpre-zə-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce presidency (audio) , ˈprez-dən(t)- also ˈpre-zə-ˌden(t)-sē\
plural presidencies

Definition of presidency

1a : the office of president
b(1) : the office of president of the U.S.
(2) : the American governmental institution comprising the office of president and various associated administrative and policy-making agencies
2 : the term during which a president holds office
3 : the action or function of one that presides : superintendence
4 : a Mormon executive council of the church or a stake consisting of a president and two counselors

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Examples of presidency in a Sentence

responsibility for the presidency of a major television network

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In 2015, close to the end of his presidency, Mugabe read the same state-of-the-nation speech to Parliament, word for word, twice in three weeks. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 But two years into his presidency, it's been harder and harder to come up with political jokes that feel fresh. Grace Segers, CBS News, ""Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" hosts talk about telling jokes in Trump era," 6 Sep. 2019 The state has filed 57 legal challenges against Trump’s administration during the course of his presidency, 13 of which involve immigration policies, including a dispute over funding for a new border wall. Alexa Díazstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California escapes brunt of Pentagon funding deferrals to pay for Trump’s border wall," 4 Sep. 2019 In the United States last month, the bond market inverted yet again to its lowest level since 2007, sending new chills through a stock market Trump has long labeled the great success of his presidency. David A. Andelman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The trade war hasn't hit its peak yet. The US and China will both pay a heavy price," 4 Sep. 2019 Many anti-Trump conservative outlets have faltered during his presidency, most notably the Weekly Standard, which ceased operations last December. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Boundless Grift of Right-Wing Media Watchdogs," 4 Sep. 2019 That may work out nicely for him: fear of his presidency helped bring about the peso’s crash, which in turn makes his eventual victory more likely. The Economist, "Argentina’s beleaguered government imposes capital controls," 2 Sep. 2019 The Obama administration launched an investigation in which the target was Donald Trump and the objective was short-circuiting his presidency. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation," 30 Aug. 2019 The answer involves Donald Trump, as 2020 will be a referendum on his presidency and a barometer for candidates up and down the ballot. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Who has the secret audio of Texas House speaker meeting, Rick Perry's Instagram gaffe, Dallas mayor has a new job," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of presidency

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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presidency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of presidency

: the job of a president or the period of time when a person is president

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈpre-zə-dən-sē How to pronounce presidency (audio) \
plural presidencies

Kids Definition of presidency

1 : the office of president
2 : the term during which a president holds office

presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈpre-zə-dən-sē, -ˌden- How to pronounce presidency (audio) \
plural presidencies

Legal Definition of presidency

1a : the office of president
b : the office of president of the U.S. also : the American governmental institution comprising the office of president and various associated administrative and policy-making agencies
2 : the term during which a president holds office
3 : the action or function of one that presides

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