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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But both of the past two Republicans to win the presidency have received fewer votes when first elected than their Democratic opponents did. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 And once Donald Trump won the presidency — and stamped his garish brand on deportation — a call for the abolition of internal immigration enforcement began steadily building within the Democratic grassroots. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 Photo: ulises ruiz/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Having been kicked out of power in 2000, the PRI won back the presidency six years ago with Enrique Peña Nieto, a telegenic candidate. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexico Vote Snubs the Political Establishment," 2 July 2018 After Trump won the presidency, McMaster was rewarded in the form of Haley’s elevation to the job of UN Ambassador, which secured McMaster an automatic promotion to the governor’s mansion. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the primaries in South Carolina, New York, Utah, and Colorado," 27 June 2018 The night Jimmy Carter won the presidency, dad slept in the guest room. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Thanksgiving Dinner May End Sooner If Guests Pass the Gravy across a Partisan Divide," 1 June 2018 Then, in November 2016, Penn’s fortunes changed, when Donald J. Trump, class of ’68, won the presidency. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "Penn's Awkward Relationship With Its Most Famous Alumnus, Donald J. Trump," 15 May 2018 Despite the passage of time, some exile groups and politicians are growing more insistent that Castro, who retired from the Cuban presidency on April 19, should be held responsible. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Seven members of Congress say now is the time to indict Raúl Castro," 12 July 2018 The least bad set of results for the party in recent years came in 2006, also a mid-term year in which Republicans held both houses of Congress and the presidency, when the appeal of negative partisanship was strong. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 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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