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A.Word.A.Day--regent

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This week's theme: Adjectives used postpositively

regent (REE-juhnt) adjective

Ruling for a limited period, on behalf of a king or queen who is a minor, absent, or ill.

[From Latin regent-, present participle of regere (to rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge.]

See more usage examples of regent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Thousands of public workers continued their strike last week, after rejecting a proposal by Princess Regent Pilolevu [of Tonga] to grant them salary increases of 60 percent to 80 percent. The workers, on strike since late July, are also demanding political reforms."
World Notes; People's Weekly World (New York); Sep 10-16, 2005.

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