Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a president or presidency.
  • adj. Befitting a president, especially the office of the President of the United States: criticized the candidate for not looking presidential.
  • adj. Of or relating to a political system in which the chief officer is a president who is elected independently of the legislature for a fixed term: a presidential government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Presiding or watching over.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a president; as, the presidential chair; a presidential election.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Presiding or watching over.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a president

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to presidency; having presidency; presiding.
  • Pertaining to a president, or relating to a presidency: as, the presidential chair; a presidential term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to a president or presidency
  • adj. befitting a president

Etymologies

president +‎ -ial (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mount Vernon Director James Rees said the term "presidential library" could mislead people into believing that the Mount Vernon library will receive federal funding, as modern presidential libraries do through their association with the National Archives.

    The Seattle Times

  • Larger than life political figures giving new meaning to the term presidential material.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2008

  • But the catch was that President Bush made clear his interpretation of the legislation in a signing statement, reserving what he described as his presidential constitutional authority to avoid further terrorist attacks, which would include the use of torture if necessary.

    Philip Giraldi: John McCain and Torture

  • He will continue to campaign, that he never believed that it was particularly helpful to go to Washington and inject what they call presidential politics into this process.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2008

  • But in fact, if you explore American history you will find that at crucial moments we have been startlingly dependent on having a chief executive who demonstrates what I call presidential courage — the bravery and wisdom to risk his popularity, even his life, for a vital, larger cause.

    A President's Ultimate Test

  • It involves what he calls a presidential campaign but what some in South Carolina consider a total joke.

    CNN Transcript Nov 1, 2007

  • We'll have the special report and I'll be joined by three of the nation's best political strategists and analysts and they're going to make some sense over what we call a presidential campaign.

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2007

  • It involves what he calls a presidential campaign, but some in South Carolina consider it a joke.

    CNN Transcript Nov 1, 2007

  • You know, a couple of weeks ago, I was charged with what they call a presidential decision, and that's picking a running mate.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Bush Campaign Holds Rally in Bartlett, Tennessee - August 18, 2000

  • Maybe the reason is because those residents actually prefer to have three times more voting power per capita in presidential elections than citizens of Texas have.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why “Washington, DC”?

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