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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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The 'trade statistics' section of the Customs Department's website yesterday was displaying Lorem Ipsum text, often used by web developers as a placeholder and intended to be replaced with actual content before the site's launch.
On the other hand, using given templates to generate the required word is more challenging: In addition of possessing knowledge, students should also be able to analyze each template, figure out which placeholder should be replaced with the desired letter, and what will be the values of other placeholders in the template.
1 until the filer's next annual amendment, the staff would not recommend enforcement action if the filer responds "0" as a placeholder to submit the ADV (with a note in the Miscellaneous section of Schedule D to identify that a placeholder value of "0" was entered), according to Monique Botkin, associate general counsel for the Investment Adviser Association in Washington.
Placeholder functionality for missing documents, ensuring nothing is overlooked.
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The company hopes the new design will help "prompt more self-expression" and encourages people to upload their own pictures, since the new default picture looks more like a placeholder.
We set a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie, but .
Among the topics are proportion and topography in ecclesiology: a working paper on the dogmatic location of the doctrine of the church, some riffs on Thomas Aquinas' De Ente Et Essentia, Webster and Ebeling on Christian texts: a placeholder for a theological theology of language, a prolegomenon to an account of theological interpretation of scripture, the transcendence of apophaticism, and the fourfold chord: theology and the plurality of the Gospel witness.
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