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Pres"i*dent (?), n.

Precedent.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

 

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Pres"i*dent, a.

Occupying the first rank or chief place; having the highest authority; presiding.

[R.]

His angels president In every province. Milton.

 

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Pres"i*dent, n. [F. pr'esident, L. praesidens, -entis, p. pr. of praesidere. See Preside.]

1.

One who is elected or appointed to preside; a presiding officer, as of a legislative body.

Specifically: (a)

The chief officer of a corporation, company, institution, society, or the like

. (b)

The chief executive officer of the government in certain republics; as, the president of the United States.

2.

A protector; a guardian; a presiding genius

. [Obs.]

Just Apollo, president of verse. Waller.

 

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