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From Medieval Latin praesidentia.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛzɪdənsi/
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presidency (countable and uncountable, plural presidencies)

  1. The office or role of president.
    After many years as a party leader, she finally ascended to the presidency.
    • 1963, Eisenhower, Dwight, Mandate for Change 1953-1956[1], Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, LCCN 63-18447, OCLC 64309101, page 4:
      The American people gave me the priceless privilege of serving them in the Presidency.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times[2]:
      The Clintons, who once seemed banished to the wilds of Westchester County, are once again the most powerful family in Democratic politics, with talk of another Clinton presidency already rife in Washington.
  2. The bureaucratic organization and governmental initiatives devolving directly from the president.
    Because of the president's lame duck status, the presidency was often hampered by congressional actions.
  3. The time during which one is president; a president's term of office.
    In France, a presidency lasts for five years.
    Ernest was a historian specializing in the presidency of Herbert Hoover.
  4. (Mormonism) A supreme local council made up of three persons; (usually capitalized; also First Presidency) the highest authority.
  5. (Britain, historical) One of the three original provinces of British India.
  6. (Christianity) The role of ordained clergy in the celebration of the Eucharist in some denominations.



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