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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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"
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[ˈmædʒɪstrəsɪ] Nmagistratura f
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n (= position)Amt ntdes Friedensrichters; (= judges)Friedensrichter pl
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It is a singular instance of the capriciousness of the human mind, that after all the admonitions we have had from experience on this head, there should still be found men who object to the new Constitution, for deviating from a principle which has been found the bane of the old, and which is in itself evidently incompatible with the idea of GOVERNMENT; a principle, in short, which, if it is to be executed at all, must substitute the violent and sanguinary agency of the sword to the mild influence of the magistracy.
This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the COERCION of the magistracy, or by the COERCION of arms.
In the latter case their government is weaker and more insecure, because it rests entirely on the goodwill of those citizens who are raised to the magistracy, and who, especially in troubled times, can destroy the government with great ease, either by intrigue or open defiance; and the prince has not the chance amid tumults to exercise absolute authority, because the citizens and subjects, accustomed to receive orders from magistrates, are not of a mind to obey him amid these confusions, and there will always be in doubtful times a scarcity of men whom he can trust.
"Now, good Sir, our Massachusetts magistracy, bethinking themselves that this woman is youthful and fair, and doubtless was strongly tempted to her fall, and that, moreover, as is most likely, her husband may be at the bottom of the sea, they have not been bold to put in force the extremity of our righteous law against her.
It was the place whence proclamations were wont to be made, amidst an assemblage of the magistracy, with all the ceremonial that attended such public observances in those days.
All which evils, and many more that I say nothing of, would be removed if there were some intelligent and sensible person at the capital to examine all plays before they were acted, not only those produced in the capital itself, but all that were intended to be acted in Spain; without whose approval, seal, and signature, no local magistracy should allow any play to be acted.
Why may not illicit combinations, for purposes of violence, be formed as well by a majority of a State, especially a small State as by a majority of a county, or a district of the same State; and if the authority of the State ought, in the latter case, to protect the local magistracy, ought not the federal authority, in the former, to support the State authority?
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on the request of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has restored old magistracy system.
CHARSADDA, September 16, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Arshad Abdullah Thursday urged the Federal Government to restore magistracy system in the province for ensuring better governance system.
Current chairman of the magistrates at Berwick Carol Calder, a long servant in the role, said: "This year it is the 650th year of the magistracy, various courts are celebrating doing different things.
It is a fun way to learn about the history of the magistracy but also to highlight the connection between actions and consequences."
But Democrats for Strong Bulgaria leader Ivan Kostov said that prospects for Schengen accession were receding because of the failures of the Interior Ministry and the prosecuting magistracy. Kostov said that Bulgaria's accession to Schengen will be the criterion for judging the success or failure of the Government in the fight against organised crime.