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vice president

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noun
  1. an officer next in rank to a president who serves as president in the president's absence.
  2. an officer next in rank to a president who serves as a deputy to the president or oversees a special division or function.
  3. (initial capital letters) U.S. Government. the officer of this rank who is elected at the same time as the president and who succeeds to the presidency on the resignation, removal, death, or disability of the president.
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Origin of vice president

First recorded in 1565–75
Related formsvice presidency, vice-pres·i·den·cy, nounvice-pres·i·den·tial, adjective
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vice president

noun
  1. an officer ranking immediately below a president and serving as his deputy. A vice president takes the president's place during his absence or incapacity, after his death, and in certain other circumstancesAbbreviation: VP, V. Pres
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Derived Formsvice presidency, nounvice presidential, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vice-president

n.

also vice president, 1570s, "one who acts as a deputy for a president," from vice- + president. Made into an official rank and given a different meaning in the U.S. Constitution (1787).

There seems to be no doubt of my election as V[ice] Pres[iden]t. It will have at least one advantage, that of permitting me to devote more of my time to my private affairs. [John C. Calhoun, letter to wife, Nov. 12, 1824]

Related: vice presidential; vice presidency.

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