One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fact or condition of standing for a position or status; candidacy.‘she is completing her PhD candidature as a part-time student’‘his candidature for the Presidency has received enthusiastic public support’
- ‘The Republican senator, announced his candidature on Saturday.’
- ‘I knew there were several factors against my candidature.’
- ‘Poor health forbade his candidature when the chair became vacant in 1834.’
- ‘There have been reports about various attempts to sabotage the candidature of women candidates by withdrawing their nominations secretly.’
- ‘Most Midwest labor unions have endorsed his candidature.’
- ‘The country yesterday supported India's candidature for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.’
- ‘As the opposition pointed out, his candidature was the weaker from his being little known to the House.’
- ‘No body has any authority to withdraw my candidature from the Parliamentary election.’
- ‘A divisive nomination campaign left his candidature holed and sinking.’
- ‘All of the legislators supported his candidature.’
Mid 19th century: from candidate + -ure, probably via French.
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