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 (ô′fĭs-hōl′dər, ŏf′ĭs-)
A person who holds public office.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who holds a position or office in government
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(ˈɔ fɪsˌhoʊl dər, ˈɒf ɪs-)

a person filling a governmental position; public official.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.officeholder - someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"
holder - a person who holds something; "they held two hostages"; "he holds the trophy"; "she holds a United States passport"
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
probation officer - the officer of the court who supervises probationers
sergeant at arms, serjeant-at-arms - an officer (as of a legislature or court) who maintains order and executes commands
2.officeholder - the official who holds an office
holder - a person who holds something; "they held two hostages"; "he holds the trophy"; "she holds a United States passport"
office-bearer - the person who holds an office
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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One that could be adopted overnight and have impact overnight would be a ban on the overnight transition from officeholder to paid lobbyist.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court judge Justice Umar Ata Bandial has observed that a public officeholder will be in 'trouble' if he fails to give an account of his asset and liability.
A House bill signed by Abbott during the previous legislative session will ban lawmakers who leave the Legislature and become registered lobbyists from giving their campaign funds to another candidate, officeholder or political committee.
The meeting of NFU Cymru Welsh Council also saw the union finalise its wider officeholder team, including Peter Francis, LAS Legal Board; Haydn Evans, Organics; Gareth Richards, Milk; Richard Tudor, Less Favoured Area (LFA) Perkin Evans, Combinable Crops; Hedd Pugh, Rural Affairs; Victoria Shervington-Jones, Poultry; Elwyn Evans, Tenants; Wyn Evans, Livestock.
Mr Jones, an eighth generation dairy farmer, paid tribute to rival candidates, Wyn Evans and Hedd Pugh, and said he looked forward to working with them in the officeholder team.
So, it doesn't matter if the person running or the incumbent is a do-nothing politician who has been an officeholder for 20 to 40 years?
But Miss MacBride challenged the decision, claiming that she was both an officeholder and an employee.
They say that Catholics long used to identifying the pope by individual traits--John Paul H leaning on his crozier during an audience, or Benedict with both arms extended, waving to a crowd--may need to become used to the idea of the pope as less a personality and more an officeholder.
However, that's not the case for all of the top brass seeking to retain their positions in next month's officeholder elections to serve from 2012 to 2014.
* Can an officeholder "unfriend" certain individuals or remove selected posts on a publicly maintained Facebook page?
On leaving office the First Minister and Presiding Officer get a pension of half their officeholder's salary - on top of the MSP's pension they will receive at normal retirement age.