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prae·tor

also pre·tor  (prē′tər)
n.
An annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic, ranking below but having approximately the same functions as a consul.

[Middle English pretor, from Old French, from Latin praetor, perhaps from praeīre, to go before : prae-, pre- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

prae·to′ri·al (prē-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
prae′tor·ship′ n.

praetor

(ˈpriːtə; -tɔː) or

pretor

n
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) any of several senior magistrates ranking just below the consuls
[C15: from Latin: one who leads the way, probably from praeīre, from prae- before + īre to go]
praeˈtorial, preˈtorial adj
ˈpraetorship, ˈpretorship n

prae•tor

or pre•tor

(ˈpri tər)

n.
an elected magistrate in ancient Rome ranking next below a consul, charged chiefly with the administration of civil justice.
[1375–1425; late Middle English pretor < Latin praetor, for *praeitor=*praei-, variant s. of praeīre to go before, lead (prae- prae- + īre to go) + -tor -tor]
prae•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
prae′tor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.praetor - an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic
judge, jurist, justice - a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
Translations

praetor

nPrätor m
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