unpresidential

adjective

un·​pres·​i·​den·​tial ˌən-ˌpre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce unpresidential (audio)
-ˌprez-ˈden(t)-
: not presidential
especially : not befitting a president
unpresidential language/behavior

Examples of unpresidential in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mitch McConnell called Biden profoundly unpresidential for his divisive language. ABC News, 16 Jan. 2022 As a candidate and then as president, Trump drew supporters ever closer with his brash, impulsive and decidedly unpresidential behavior — not in spite of it. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023 Many members of your own party regarded it as over-the-top and unpresidential. William A. Galston, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Mitch McConnell called Biden 'profoundly unpresidential' for this divisive language. Gabriel Pietrorazio, ABC News, 16 Jan. 2022 For those Americans who cringed and winced their way through the Trump presidency, these events were a hugely reassuring return to form for the United States — meaning, above all, a return to normalcy — after four years of unpresidential idiocy, corruption, and recklessness. Damon Linker, The Week, 18 June 2021 How profoundly, profoundly unpresidential. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Trump’s behavior at the first debate was unprecedented and by most accounts, unpresidential. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2020 Even though President Trump’s first debate performance was almost immediately panned as too aggressive, even unpresidential, some members of his team were initially euphoric. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, 1 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpresidential was in 1847

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“Unpresidential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpresidential. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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