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From presidential +‎ -ness.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɹɛzɪˈdɛnʃəlnəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɹɛzɪˈdɛn(t)ʃəlnɪs/


presidentialness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being presidential; suitability for the presidency.
    • 1978, Don F. Faules & Dennis C. Alexander, Communication and Social Behavior: A Symbolic Interaction Perspective, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. (1978), →ISBN, page 138:
      For Carter, who during the primaries had emerged from the oblivion of "Jimmy who?", the debates offered a challenge as well as an opportunity — to convince voters that his "presidentialness" was better than the incumbent's.
    • 1994, Dan F. Hahn, "The 1992 Clinton-Bush-Perot Presidential Debates", in Rhetorical Studies of National Political Debates, 1960-1992 (ed. Robert V. Friedenberg), Greenwood Publishing Group (1994), →ISBN, page 200:
      Likewise, Perot continued to work on the miscellaneous goal of proving his own presidentialness via use of statistics and common sense.
    • 2007, Andrew Busch, The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America's Founding Document, Rowman & Littlefield (2007), →ISBN, page 130:
      Some scholars also suggest that debates activate the electorate, make it easier for candidates to be held accountable on their campaigns, increase the public's acceptance of the candidates, give voters a chance to test the "presidentialness" of the candidates under pressure, []