pre-candidature

candidate

[n. kan-di-deyt, -dit; v. kan-di-deyt]
noun
1.
a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.: a candidate for governor.
2.
a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
3.
a person who is deserving of or seems destined for a certain end or fate: Such a reckless spender is a candidate for the poorhouse.
4.
a student studying for a degree: Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
verb (used without object), candidated, candidating.
5.
to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin candidātus clothed in white (adj.), candidate for office (noun, in reference to the white togas worn by those seeking office). See candid, -ate1

candidacy [kan-di-duh-see] . Chiefly British, candidature [kan-di-duh-cher] , candidateship, noun
precandidacy, noun
precandidature, noun
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candidate (ˈkændɪˌdeɪt, -dɪt)
 
n
1.  a person seeking or nominated for election to a position of authority or honour or selection for a job, promotion, etc
2.  a person taking an examination or test
3.  a person or thing regarded as suitable or likely for a particular fate or position: this wine is a candidate for his cellar
 
[C17: from Latin candidātus clothed in white (because in ancient Rome a candidate wore a white toga), from candidus white]
 
candidacy
 
n
 
candidature
 
n

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candidate
c.1600s, from L. candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," pp. of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.
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