Definitions for: Deputy

[n] an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
[n] someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies
[n] a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
[n] a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)

Webster (1913) Definition: Dep"u*ty, n.; pl. Deputies. [F. d['e]put['e], fr. LL.
deputatus. See Depute.]
1. One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered
to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in
office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a
vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a
township, etc.

There was then [in the days of Jehoshaphat] no king
in Edom; a deputy was king. --1 Kings
xxii. 47.

God's substitute, His deputy anointed in His sight.

Note: Deputy is used in combination with the names of various
executive officers, to denote an assistant empowered to
act in their name; as, deputy collector, deputy
marshal, deputy sheriff.

2. A member of the Chamber of Deputies. [France]

Chamber of Deputies, one of the two branches of the French
legislative assembly; -- formerly called {Corps
L['e]gislatif}. Its members, called deputies, are elected
by the people voting in districts.

Syn: Substitute; representative; legate; delegate; envoy;
agent; factor.

Synonyms: deputy sheriff, lieutenant, surrogate

See Also: agent, assistant, help, helper, law officer, lawman, legislator, peace officer, second-in-command, supporter, vicar-general, vicegerent, vice-regent

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