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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
Example sentences from the Web for gubernatorial
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.
“It may be kind of beside the point to argue whether a gubernatorial candidate is close to Obama,” he said.Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With a 34 percent approval rating, Brownback is now trailing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate|John Avlon|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last week, Idaho held a gubernatorial debate that featured two of the weirdest candidates to ever get invited on a debate stage.Who Voted For Idaho's Weirdo Candidates For Governor?|Ben Jacobs|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether the appointment of officers be elective or gubernatorial, they should equally undergo a strict examination.
With the help of bakhshish the Vilna Hasidim managed to secure the good-will of the gubernatorial administration.
After that he made many week-end trips to Chicago, even during his gubernatorial campaign.Cox--The Man|Roger W. Babson
This left Dummer in the gubernatorial chair for nearly six years.Historic Homes|Mary H. Northend
No gubernatorial campaign in years had been fought with such tenacity and fierceness.The Dual Alliance|Marjorie Benton Cooke