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Etymology

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From president +‎ -ial.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /pɹɛzɪˈdɛnʃ(ə)l/
  • Audio (UK):(file)
  • Hyphenation: pres‧i‧den‧tial

Adjective

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presidential (comparative more presidential, superlative most presidential)

  1. Pertaining to a president or presidency. [from 17th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Presiding or watching over. [17th–19th c.]
  3. With the bearing or composure that befits a president; stately, dignified. [from 19th c.]
    • 2016 November 20, Stewart Lee, The Guardian:
      I feel my age and supposed status mean I am permanently required to be in presidential mode. And I mean this in the old sense of “presidential”, meaning magnanimous, patient and generous, rather than in the modern sense of presidential, meaning being a corrupt, pussy-grabbing racist.

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