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1 : an official chosen to preside over a meeting or assembly
2 : an appointed governor of a subordinate political unit
3 : the chief officer of an organization (as a corporation or institution) usually entrusted with the direction and administration of its policies
4 : the presiding officer of a governmental body [the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate "U.S. Constitution art. I"]
5 a : an elected official serving as both chief of state and chief political executive in a republic having a presidential government
b : an elected official having the position of chief of state but usually only minimal political powers in a republic having a parliamentary government
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.