Definition of presidency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprez(ə)dənsē/

noun (plural presidencies)

1The office of president: the presidency of the US
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  • But the presidency is an office of great responsibility and consequence.
  • It was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency.
  • He was not, by some people's reckoning, a likely candidate for the presidency when he took office in 1979.
1.1The period of this: the liberal climate that existed during Carter’s presidency
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  • In domestic policies his presidency coincided with a period of considerable economic prosperity.
  • The coming two months are a critical period because it will lay the groundwork for the next presidency and possibly have an effect on determining its success.
  • What is the White House doing differently now to react to what is obviously a terrible political period for this presidency?
1.2 Christian Church The role of the priest or minister who conducts a Eucharist.
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  • It was self-evident that the presidency at the Eucharist should be given to those commissioned by ordination for this work.
  • Yet this does not mean that some critical observations cannot be made about the role of Eucharistic presidency as it has evolved.
  • The surprise ruling left critics of lay presidency wondering what happened to the authority of the Book of Common Prayer, Anglican tradition and worldwide practice, and the 39 articles of faith.
1.3 (also First Presidency) (In the Mormon church) a council of three officers forming the highest administrative body.
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  • He had earlier served 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, the top governing body of the Church.
  • The Presidencies then indexed the records and sent them to the India Office in London.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin praesidentia, from praesidere 'sit before' (see preside).

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Syllabification: pres·i·den·cy

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