Definition of Head of state

1. Noun. The chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government.

Definition of Head of state

1. Noun. The chief public representative of a nation having duties, privileges and responsibilities varying greatly depending on the constitutional rules; a monarch in a monarchy, and often styled president in a republic, but variations such as collegiality exist. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Head Of State

head of fibula
head of government
head of hair
head of household
head of humerus
head of malleus
head of mandible
head of metacarpal bone
head of metatarsal bone
head of pancreas
head of phalanx
head of radius
head of rib
head of stapes
head of state (current term)
head of steam
head of talus
head of the caudate nucleus
head of ulna
head off
head office
head over heels
head presentation
head process
head protective devices
head register
head restraint
head rhyme
head rhymes

Literary usage of Head of state

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1907)
"It may be true, from the standpoint of municipal law, that one whc signs a treaty acts only as the agent of his monarch or head of state front whom he ..."

2. A Treatise on International Law: With an Introductory Essay on the by Roland Roberts Foulke (1920)
"... ante, on organs of state intercourse. See §147, ante, on functions of head of state. 10 See §35 In1, ante, on head of state as organ of intercourse. ..."

3. Resolutions of the Institute of International Law Dealing with the Law of by Institute of International Law, James Brown Scott (1916)
"Movable property, including horses, carriages, wagons, and vessels, belonging to a foreign sovereign or head of State, and intended directly or indirectly ..."

4. The Movement for Budgetary Reform in the States by William Franklin Willoughby (1918)
"mission, with an itemized statement of the amount of money which such head of state department, officer, board or commission considers necessary for the ..."

5. Federalism: The Australian Experience by Cheryl Saunders, J. Isawa Elaigwu, Daniel J. Elazar (1997)
"The nature of the role of the head of state should in turn influence questions ... It would ensure that the role of head of state in Australia was properly ..."

6. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Since he stood down from his position as Head of State, Lui Shao-ch'l, the first Vice-Chairman of the Party, has been Head of State. Defence. ..."

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