Words nearby gubernatorial
What does gubernatorial mean?
Gubernatorial is an adjective used to refer to things related to a state governor in the United States.
The word governor can mean different things in different places, but gubernatorial is primarily used in the U.S., where a governor is the executive head of a state. Gubernatorial is the adjective form of governor in the same way that presidential is the adjective form of president. And it’s used in all the same ways, especially in phrases like gubernatorial duties, gubernatorial debate, and gubernatorial race.
Example: It might not be as exciting as the presidential debate, but it’s still important to watch the gubernatorial debate.
Where does gubernatorial come from?
The first known record of gubernatorial comes from the 1700s, from a reference to the governor of the state of New Jersey. Both gubernatorial and governor derive from the Latin gubernātor, meaning “governor.” (Not to be confused with Governator, a nickname given to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he served as the governor of California in reference to the fact that he played the title character in the Terminator series of action movies.) Governor, govern, and government all further derive from the Latin verb gubernāre, meaning “to steer (a ship).”
In the U.S., the word governor refers to the person who steers the executive branch of a state government. Gubernatorial is used to refer to anything relating to this office, such as gubernatorial duties (which include approving the state budget) or the gubernatorial debate—the debate between a state’s gubernatorial candidates.
Gubernatorial is a fairly formal-sounding word, but it doesn’t have a one-word alternative (people don’t say governatorial), so it’s commonly used in journalism in news reports about the governor. However, in everyday conversation, people are probably more likely to say things like the race for governor than the gubernatorial race.
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How is gubernatorial used in real life?
Gubernatorial is most commonly found in news reports about and discussion of U.S. governors.
— POLITICO (@politico) September 9, 2014
Maybe now we pay a little more attention to gubernatorial races, k?
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) March 20, 2020
The Louisiana gubernatorial debate is nasty as hell.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 31, 2019
Try using gubernatorial!
Which of the following places would have a gubernatorial election?
A. the city of Boston
B. the state of Massachusetts
C. the New England region
D. the entire United States
How to use gubernatorial in a sentence
Doran, who lives in Arlington County, is the sixth Republican to seek the party’s gubernatorial nomination.Former think tank leader joins race for Virginia governor|Laura Vozzella|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
California’s current political landscape is also pretty different from conditions in 2003, when it last saw a gubernatorial recall on the ballot, which is important as it makes a successful recall of Newsom even less likely.California’s Gavin Newsom Will Likely Face A Recall Election — But He’ll Probably Survive It|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Although Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in Maryland, they have lost three out the last five gubernatorial races.Among possible contenders for Md. governor in 2022, Alsobrooks raised the most|Erin Cox, Rachel Chason|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
In Georgia, voting rights advocates registered more than 800,000 new voters since Stacey Abrams lost the 2018 gubernatorial race and dedicated herself full-time to helping Georgians register to vote.'Another Milestone in the Long, Long Road.' Rev. Raphael Warnock's Georgia Senate Victory Made History in Multiple Ways|Olivia B. Waxman|January 7, 2021|Time
Obama said Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, deserved credit for helping Warnock prevail in the state.Democrats win control of U.S. Senate as Ossoff defeats Perdue|John Wagner, Brittany Shammas, Derek Hawkins, Cleve Wootson, Hannah Knowles|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
I was a journalist in New York City for the last of his three gubernatorial terms, a little more.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"I need you to look at me," Bob Healey Jr. said to the camera in the first Rhode Island gubernatorial debate last month.
Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Charles Rauner in Illinois scored upset gubernatorial wins with pro-minimum messages.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He won then with less than 38 percent of the vote, the smallest plurality of any winning gubernatorial candidate in the country.Republican Wave Carries Maine Governor Paul LePage to Victory|Ben Jacobs|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the real situation is far more complex than the simple, thuggish gubernatorial action suggests.New York & New Jersey’s Ebola Quarantines Are an Insane Overreaction|Kent Sepkowitz|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This excellent man wished to visit his gubernatorial brother, Bradford, and associates.William Bradford of Plymouth|Albert Hale Plumb
Among his other gubernatorial accomplishments was a remarkable fleetness of foot.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Notice was first attracted by the famous Kolb-Jones gubernatorial contest.Politics of Alabama|J. C. (Joseph Columbus) Manning
They too could not be quartered at the gubernatorial mansion.The Cavaliers of Virginia|William A. Caruthers
All right; put me down for that office if I never reach the gubernatorial chair.The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories|Paul Laurence Dunbar