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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Tim Ryan of Ohio and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii — each of whom seeks to become the first sitting member of the House to win the presidency since James Garfield in 1880 — tore into each other over the war in Afghanistan. NBC News, "The winner of the first Democratic debate: Donald Trump," 27 June 2019 During his presidency, armed soldiers of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) were deployed in the bush as anti-poaching units. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Elephant Hunting Has Returned to Botswana. But There Is a Way to Stop It.," 6 June 2019 For executives at Detroit’s Big Three auto makers, the prospect of tariffs on Mexican imports has been the most worrisome of the trade threats leveled by Mr. Trump during his presidency. Mike Colias, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Makers Sweat Under Threat of Tariffs on Mexican Imports," 31 May 2019 And Carter will struggle with this during his presidency, and the next few decades are really as much about the right as anything Carter could try to achieve. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 The case is one of numerous legal investigations of Trump organizations that have proliferated during his presidency. David A. Fahrenthold, The Seattle Times, "Trump to shut down charity after lawsuit said he used it for personal and political benefit," 18 Dec. 2018 Political hustle: Parekh, a close and visible Wall Street emissary for Barack Obama during his presidency, has kept a lower profile in the first years of the resistance. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November’s U.S. midterm elections," 20 Aug. 2018 Trump has tried to forge a close relationship with Putin during his presidency, but this has been met with skepticism by others who have questioned Putin’s motives. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump, Putin joke about media, election meddling at G20," 28 June 2019 Trump has been accused of equivocating on the threat posed by white supremacist individuals and groups during his presidency. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Knitting site Ravelry bans support for 'white supremacist' Trump administration on its platform," 24 June 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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