Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The announced aspirant for an office.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A person who offers himself or is presented by others, to be elected to an office. Derived from the Latin candidus, (white,) because in Rome It was the custom for those who sought office to clothe themselves in white garments. One who seeks or aspires to some office or privilege, or who offers himself for the same. A man Is a candidate for an office when he is sceking such office. It is not necessary that he should have been nominated for the office. Leonard v. Com., 112 Pa. 624, 4 Atl. 224. See State v. Hirsch, 125 Ind. 207, 24 N. E. 1062, 9 LR. A. 170.