[ prez-i-duhn-see ]
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noun,plural pres·i·den·cies.
  1. the office, function, or term of office of a president.

  2. (often initial capital letter) the office of president of the United States.

  1. Mormon Church.

    • a local governing body consisting of a council of three.

    • (often initial capital letter) the highest administrative body, composed of the prophet and his two councilors.

  2. the former designation of any of the three original provinces of British India: Bengal, Bombay, and Madras.

Origin of presidency

From the Medieval Latin word praesidentia, dating back to 1585–95. See president, -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for presidency


/ (ˈprɛzɪdənsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
    • the office, dignity, or term of a president

    • (often capital) the office of president of a republic, esp the office of the President of the US

  1. Mormon Church

    • a local administrative council consisting of a president and two executive members

    • (often capital) the supreme administrative body composed of the Prophet and two councillors

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