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1. One appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of people, such as an assembly or meeting.
a. The chief executive of a republic.
b. The chief executive officer of the United States, with powers as determined by the US Constitution.
3. The chief officer of a branch of government, corporation, board of trustees, university, or similar body.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praesidēns, praesident-, from present participle of praesidēre, to preside; see preside.]
Usage Note: Occupations that are also titles, like president, doctor, and senator are normally capitalized when they precede a proper name but are not capitalized when used as common nouns: the comments of President Obama; the president's news conference.
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|Noun||1.||presidentship - the office and function of president; "Andrew Jackson expanded the power of the presidency beyond what was customary before his time"|
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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