main direction and administration of their concerns. Roe v. Bank of Versailles, 167 Mo. 406, 67 S. W. 303. The chief executive magistrate of a state or nation, particularly under a democratic form of government; or of a province, colony, or dependency. In English law. A title formerly given to the king’s lieutenant in a province; as the president of Wales. Cowell. This word is also an old though corrupted form of “precedent,” (q. v.,) used both as a French and English word Le president est rare. Dyer, 136.