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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Veteran politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won Mexico's presidency in a landslide victory, giving the country its most left-wing government in decades. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican election spells uncertainty for foreign energy investments," 2 July 2018 Yet the over-representation of rural America was not supposed to affect the House and the presidency. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 Nearly 18 months into his presidency, maybe the best way to view Trump’s time in office has been as a wrecking ball. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Trump's wrecking ball tears through NATO," 12 July 2018 Do these communications mark an end to the tensions that have come between the countries since Trump’s presidency? Time, "Mexico's New President AMLO and Donald Trump Have Promised Mutual 'Respect.' How Long Can That Last?," 3 July 2018 The dissent continued to give Trump’s full statement on banning Muslims, which remained on his website until May 2017, several months into his presidency. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Sotomayor and Ginsburg Issue Scathing Dissent of SCOTUS Travel Ban Decision," 26 June 2018 Donald Trump parlayed his work as a developer into tabloid fame, then that into reality television fame and, that, ultimately, into the presidency of the United States. Chris Korman, For The Win, "Donald Trump continues to miss the point of NFL protests," 15 June 2018 Just over 500 days into his presidency, Mr Trump is up to his ears in foreign-policy controversy and showing no signs of being constrained. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 Even now, 16 months into his presidency, much of Trump's personal health remains shrouded in mystery. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump, fast-food lover and exercise avoider, tells nation about importance of fitness," 30 May 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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