Presidium meaning

prĭ-sĭd'ē-əm
Any of various permanent executive committees in Communist countries having power to act for a larger governing body.
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The executive committee of the Supreme Soviet headed by the president in the former Soviet Union.
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The executive committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1952 to 1966
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A permanent executive committee, used primarily in Communist countries, with the power to act for a larger governing body when the latter is in recess. [1920]
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Such an executive committee headed by the President of the Supreme Soviet.
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In certain communist countries, a standing committee empowered to act for a larger body, as a legislature.
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Origin of presidium

  • Russian prezidium from Latin praesidium garrison presidio
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Russian президиум (prezídium), from Latin praesidium.
    From Wiktionary