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1. One who holds an office or place, especially as a deputy, proxy, or appointed government official.
2. In a mathematical or logical expression, a symbol that may be replaced by the name of any element of a set.
3. In the decimal form of a number, a digit that is not significant.


1. (Mathematics) maths logic a symbol used in a logical or mathematical expression to represent another term or quantity that is not yet specified but may occupy that place later
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a section of text that is placed in a document, etc temporarily until the final text is inserted there at a later stage
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) commerce someone who occupies a position on behalf of someone else, such as a deputy during the absence of the superior officer
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government someone who holds an official or government post, esp a post that is given as a reward for supporting the group now in power, rather than on merit


(ˈpleɪsˌhoʊl dər)

a symbol in a mathematical or logical expression that may be replaced by the name of any element of the set.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.placeholder - a person authorized to act for another
agent - a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
2.placeholder - a symbol in a logical or mathematical expression that can be replaced by the name of any member of specified set
variable - a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
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Tokenization has existed since the emergence of the world's first currency systems as a means to minimize risk in handling high value financial instruments by replacing them with placeholders.
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Our current residual force in Iraq continues as far more than placeholders, working to assure that the still nascent Iraqi government moves toward something resembling democratic stability.
While eight females have ruled as emperor - the last in 1763 - they served as placeholders until a suitable male could be found and none passed the crown to her offspring.
Plans for the Highland Cross Redevelopment Area, which the development team is seeking to expand to a total of 52 acres, include 3,400 residential units (including townhouses, apartments, and affordable housing units,) 350,000 s/f of retail space (including a supermarket,) a 250-room hotel and placeholders for well-designed public parks and community facilities that all of Rutherford can enjoy.
It shows a system that is corrupt, filled with self-serving placeholders, and uninterested in individual merit.
They are simply placeholders that are allowed under the Senate rules," said Steve Metz, the Bar's legislative counsel.
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