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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Do you know what the controls were on the presidential automobile for raising or lowering the President's seat?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The Republican party was organized on the eve of the presidential election of 1856.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • Why, Eben Holden, if you was what ye looked, ye'd be in the presidential chair.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • A gentleman from Alabama who walked in a presidential, but ran in a senatorial, race.

  • Sinclair rose majestically from the presidential chair and turned his eyes from one disputant to the other.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
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.

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