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[prez-i-den-shuh l] /ˌprɛz ɪˈdɛn ʃəl/
of or relating to a president or presidency.
of the nature of a president.
Origin of presidential
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin praesidentiālis. See presidency, -al1
Related forms
presidentially, adverb
nonpresidential, adjective
postpresidential, adjective
prepresidential, adjective
unpresidential, adjective
unpresidentially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for presidential
  • Coalition talks ensued simultaneously with the presidential elections.
  • All with a presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of congress.
  • Six years later, the presidential medal of freedom was awarded to king by jimmy carter.
  • The library has the largest archives of any presidential library.
  • His inauguration was the first presidential inauguration broadcast on radio.
  • The highest unit award available is the presidential unit citation.
  • Hull is one of the presidential cabinet members who are characters in the musical annie.
  • The lower level of the monument represents a chamber and an empty presidential armchair.
Word Origin and History for presidential

c.1600, "pertaining to a president," from Medieval Latin praesidentialis, from praesidentia "office of a president" (see presidency). Related: Presidentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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