pres·​i·​den·​tial ˌpre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce presidential (audio)
: of, relating to, or befitting a president or a president's authority
presidential duties/responsibilities
a presidential pardon
a presidential manner/bearing
the presidential library
: of or relating to the election of a president
the presidential campaign
a presidential convention
: performing functions delegated by or under the authority of a president
a presidential committee
a presidential agent
: of, based upon, or having the characteristics of presidential government
a presidential system
a presidential republic
presidentially adverb
a presidentially appointed judge

Examples of presidential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given how tightly the Kremlin controls politics in Russia, the result of the presidential election is a foregone conclusion. Regina Smyth, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 That involves getting people registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election and cutting plastic use on campuses. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 He was barred from running against Putin in presidential elections but continually found creative ways to resist Putin’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Jacob Garza, an Ellis County college student was among them, waiting to see the presidential hopeful speak, rather than studying for an economics exam. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 16 Feb. 2024 His death comes just a month before Russia's presidential election, which is likely to secure Putin another six years in office. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Trump and 18 of his allies were charged last August with racketeering and a variety of other charges in connection with a plot to subvert the presidential election results in a number of swing states. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 16 Feb. 2024 Buyers of electric vehicles get federal tax credits, but a Republican win in the 2024 presidential election could end that program and lead to tariffs that would likely raise prices. Jeffrey Collins, Fortune Europe, 16 Feb. 2024 Williams, a former board of trustees member at Leslie University in Cambridge, Mass., explained that typically, in a presidential search, a subcommittee is appointed within the board and charged with reviewing and interviewing candidates, in addition to making recommendations. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of presidential was in 1582

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“Presidential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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