presidency

noun
pres·​i·​den·​cy | \ˈpre-zə-dən(t)-sē, 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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Surely this is one of the strangest effects of the Trump presidency: extreme short-term nostalgia. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook polarized us during the Kavanaugh hearings," 6 Oct. 2018 Now, the Democrats and their surrogates in the media are fond of saying that the President shouldn't nominate anyone to the Supreme Court in the last year, right, of their presidency. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 Gone are last year's Emmy jokes about the horror of the Trump presidency. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Jokes About Politics from the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 John returned to America divided over its presidency, divided over the war. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Obama's visit to Kenya marked his first trip to his late father's homeland since his presidency. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barack Obama Dancing in Kenya Is Exactly What Your Week Needs," 17 July 2018 Neumann-Oritz said the program is part of a broader crackdown on immigration that President Donald Trump has been focusing on throughout his presidency. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rapid-response team planned as Waukesha Sheriff's Office gears up to aid ICE deportations," 13 July 2018 Nevertheless, Trump landed where Obama did at a similar point in his presidency. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Barack Obama Is the Greatest President of Our Lifetime, Say 44% of Americans.," 12 July 2018 Throughout his presidency, Trump has railed against European allies for not paying more for the defenses and becoming too dependent on the United States. Author: Michael Birnbaum, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump demands immediate spending increases by NATO nations or he will ‘do his own thing’," 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 \
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- \
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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