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vice president

or vice-president

an officer next in rank to a president who serves as president in the president's absence.
an officer next in rank to a president who serves as a deputy to the president or oversees a special division or function.
(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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vice presidency, vice-presidency, noun
vice-presidential, adjective Unabridged
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vice president

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 circumstances Abbreviation VP, V. Pres
Derived Forms
vice presidency, noun
vice presidential, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vice-president

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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