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[kap-tuh n-see] /ˈkæp tən si/
noun, plural captaincies for 2.
the office or rank of a captain.
a district or area administered by a captain.
the ability of a captain; captainship.
Origin of captaincy
1810-20; captain + -cy
Related forms
subcaptaincy, noun, plural subcaptaincies. Unabridged
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  • Only the smaller producers who do not have a shot at captaincy seem upset.
  • It was in a general street fight, and the difficulty originated about the captaincy of a military company.
  • He solemnly protests that he intended to make nothing by the transaction, except to retain the captaincy.
  • While no other name was put in last night for the vacant captaincy, nominations will remain open till the election evening.
  • He still retains the captaincy, though of course not actively, of this battery.
Word Origin and History for captaincy

1818, from captain (n.) on the model of lieutenancy or some similar word where the -c- is etymologically justified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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