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1. The function or condition of one who presides; superintendence; control and care.

2. The office of president; as, Washington was elected to the presidency.

3. The term during which a president holds his office; as, during the presidency of Madison.

4. One of the three great divisions of British india, the bengal, Madras, and Bombay Presidencies, each of which had a council of which its governor was president.

Origin: F. Presidence.