The titular head of a nation as distinct from the head of the government.
- He was a chief of state, as opposed to an operating officer.
- Social stratification existed, with political power residing in a chief of state or a royal family, depending on the size of the state.
- There's no inherent reason why a woman can't serve as our chief of state.
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Syllabification: chief of state
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