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n. pl. mag·is·tra·cies
1. The position, function, or term of office of a magistrate.
2. A body of magistrates.
3. The district under jurisdiction of a magistrate.


(ˈmædʒɪstrəsɪ) or


n, pl -cies or -tures
1. (Law) the office or function of a magistrate
2. (Law) magistrates collectively
3. (Law) the district under the jurisdiction of a magistrate


(ˈmædʒ ə strə si)

also mag•is•tra•ture

(-strə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n., pl. -cies also -tures.
1. the office or function of a magistrate.
2. a body of magistrates.
3. the district under a magistrate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magistracy - the position of magistratemagistracy - the position of magistrate    
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"


[ˈmædʒɪstrəsɪ] Nmagistratura f


n (= position)Amt ntdes Friedensrichters; (= judges)Friedensrichter pl
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We owe it much to the magistracies. To the magistracies that in time of crisis reinvent themselves in their ability to overcome difficulties, "he concluded.
He covers the establishment of Aragonese rule, the polycentric system of cities from the time of Martin I to Alphonso V, urban magistracies in the Alphonsian period, financial and fiscal policy during the reign of Alphonso V, and socio-professional groups and electoral competition from the time of Martin I to Alphonso V.
For over a century, the study of one or another of the Serenissima's numerous magistracies has been something of a cottage industry in the scholarship of premodern Venice.
While the Roman system of government recognized the need for checks and balances and for separating the powers of the state among various offices and magistracies, the Roman state did not enjoy the neat modern divisions of executive, legislative, and judicial power.
In the 1750s two more high magistracies were created, and still another was instituted in 1770.
His case study of the small Friulian town of Buia shows how the town preserved a degree of liberty as it navigated the interstices between local oligarchs and "the conflicting jurisdictions and competing powers" of Venetian officials and magistracies (158).
Some comparisons will be made to another of Cosimo I's new magistracies, the Nove Conservatori della giurisdizione e del dominio fiorentino, to see whether its mandate and operation were shaped in part by the Bigallo's troubled relations with ospedali in the duchy.
Furthermore, guilds and silk makers were often divided among themselves regarding policy, as the major and minor spinners often disagreed about proposed regulations before the urban magistracies; and the interests of the merchant-entrepreneurs (setaioli) regarding the trade in spun thread often conflicted with those of the spinners.