AskDefine | Define candidacy

Dictionary Definition

candidacy n : the campaign of a candidate to be elected [syn: campaigning, candidature, electioneering, political campaign]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the state, or act of being a candidate


  • 1844 Epes Sargent - The Life and Public Services of Henry Clay
    Let it be borne in mind, moreover, that since the period of his last candidacy he has rendered the most memorable services to the country
  • 2002 Allan H. Keith - Turbulent Times
    However, this almost certainly happened because of the third party candidacy of former Republican President Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1984 Kenneth Meyer Setton - The Papacy and the Levant (1204-1571)
    Anyhow, if the opportunity presented itself, Requesens thought that Philip should support the candidacies of Giovanni Ricci, Clemente Dolerá, and Ghislieri, . . .

Extensive Definition

Candidacy is a rite which takes place during Catholic seminary formation by which the Church recognizes the seminarian as worthy of being ordained (hence, they become a "candidate" for Holy Orders).
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