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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For his part, Mr. Trump has made Air Force One a visual symbol not just for the presidency but for him. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "A President With a Taste for Planes Has a Plan for Air Force One: Paint It Red, White and Blue," 14 June 2019 Trump and Biden, who spent parts of the day exchanging insults, are treating each other as the main combatants in the fight for the presidency. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "As Biden and Trump battle in the trenches, Buttigieg attacks from higher ground," 11 June 2019 He was elected in July in a landslide victory on his third try for the presidency and enjoys approval ratings of 70% or more. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Trump vs. Lopez Obrador: Two very different leaders face off over tariffs," 5 June 2019 Barnier himself is thought by many to be a serious future candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. Michał Matlak, The New York Review of Books, "‘Nostalgia Serves No Purpose’: An Interview with Michel Barnier," 29 May 2019 The oldest of us—I was born in 1982—are eligible to run for the presidency. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Boomer Bequest Is Millennial Misery," 13 May 2019 The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the first openly gay candidate to gain serious national traction on a run for the presidency. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Why I’m Not Here for Pete Buttigieg’s Moderate Politics in the 2020 Primaries," 10 May 2019 Suddenly the stakes were higher, and the power of the presidency was enormous. Sean Illing, Vox, "Can the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Trump from office? I asked one of its authors.," 14 Feb. 2019 By the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Democrats viewed the Gipper as a celebrity lightweight who had hypnotised the rubes. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018

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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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