- Mathematics, Logic. a symbol in an expression that may be replaced by the name of any element of the set.
- a person who holds a government office, especially one appointed to the position in return for political support or favors.
Origin of placeholder
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Examples from the Web for placeholder
That bill is a placeholder to get the House on record while the Senate works on the more detailed legislation, aides said.Dems: Wait for Europe Before Hitting Putin’s Wallet
March 5, 2014
Maybe it was being used as a placeholder and never taken out.Fact-Checking Suzanne Somers’s Claim That Obamacare is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme
October 30, 2013
Intended to be a placeholder, no one suspected he would do anything of consequence.The Catholic Church Is Insular and Intolerant
March 8, 2013
Rather than Roman numerals, this appears to be a placeholder to a reference that was not filled in.De Re Metallica