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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Both candidates for the Guatemalan presidency met with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan last week to discuss the deal, according to the Washington Post. Polo Sandoval, CNN, "The global stakes of Guatemala's elections today," 11 Aug. 2019 These undocumented immigrants, taking advantage of an open border, became essential to the fabric of American society, and even the presidency—among them was the English, immigrant mother of Woodrow Wilson. Aaron Freedman, The New Republic, "Open Borders Made America Great," 9 Aug. 2019 After the seven-hour meeting before Wimbledon, Djokovic said some in his team had encouraged him to step down from the council presidency. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Return to Leadership Roles in Tennis," 8 Aug. 2019 The Academy presidency comes up for grabs every year. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "David Rubin Elected President of Film Academy," 6 Aug. 2019 And that includes making this the top priority of the next presidency. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "In Second Democratic Debate, Candidates Criticize Biden’s Climate Plans," 1 Aug. 2019 That's when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker jumped in, accusing Biden of being inconsistent about his embrace of Obama's presidency. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "At second Democratic debate, Biden comes under fire for Obama-era deportations," 1 Aug. 2019 An underhanded, ambitious twit rises to the top of the corporate heap and, in the final moments, sets his sites on the U.S. presidency. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "What’s hot in OC arts and entertainment for August," 31 July 2019 Per the country's constitution, the president of the parliament will assume the presidency for 45 to 90 days while elections are organized. Fox News, "Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi - one of the oldest heads of state - dead at 92," 26 July 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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