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[pri-sid-ee-uh m] /prɪˈsɪd i əm/
noun, plural presidiums, presidia
[pri-sid-ee-uh] /prɪˈsɪd i ə/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter)
(in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries) an administrative committee, usually permanent and governmental, acting when its parent body is in recess but exercising full powers:
the presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
Origin of presidium
1815-25; < Latin prae-sidium, derivative of praes(es) (stem praesid-) guardian, governor, literally, one sitting before. See preside, -ium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You are Chairman of the presidium; is this how you keep order here?

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  • They elected the seven members of the presidium, who drew lots for the Chairmanship.

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  • The presidium appointed the Chiefs of Managements, who also served for life.

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  • More importantly, the presidium assumed the powers and functions of the National Assembly when the latter was not in session.

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  • In practice, the Assembly listens to the reading of bills drawn up by its presidium and then votes unanimous approval.

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  • The presidium performs several functions besides that of conducting the affairs of the Assembly between sessions.

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  • The presidium also designates ministry jurisdiction over various enterprises according to the recommendations of the premier.

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  • Military courts are selected by the People's Assembly or by its presidium when it is not in session.

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  • The memophone began giving him the names of the presidium and of the Chiefs of Managements.

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British Dictionary definitions for presidium


noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
(often capital) (in Communist countries) a permanent committee of a larger body, such as a legislature, that acts for it when it is in recess
a collective presidency, esp of a nongovernmental organization
Word Origin
C20: from Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium, from praesidēre to superintend; see preside
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Word Origin and History for presidium



permanent administrative committee of the U.S.S.R., 1924, from Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium "a presiding over, defense," from praesidere (see preside).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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