- (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
Examples from the Web for presidium
The deputy chairman of the presidium of the Donetsk Republic, Denis Pushilin, also predicts “good results.”Putin’s People Stage Their Bogus Vote
May 11, 2014
You are Chairman of the Presidium; is this how you keep order here?
They elected the seven members of the Presidium, who drew lots for the Chairmanship.
The Presidium appointed the Chiefs of Managements, who also served for life.
More importantly, the presidium assumed the powers and functions of the National Assembly when the latter was not in session.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
In practice, the Assembly listens to the reading of bills drawn up by its Presidium and then votes unanimous approval.Area Handbook for Albania
Eugene K. Keefe
- (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 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).