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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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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 government on Wednesday introduced two separate bills in the National Assembly, looking to revive the executive magistracy system in the country that was wrapped up by former dictator General Pervez Musharraf's regime in 2001.
According to the director of the Institute of Distance Education, Archpriest Gennady Egorov, in previous years on each place in the magistracy, an average of three applications.
Twelve judges and five prosecutors were verbally 'disciplined' yesterday during a meeting of the Supreme Council of Magistracy presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni.
A year after it was screened he was removed from the magistracy for serious misconduct.
Judge Niclas Parry said it was a critical time for the magistracy in North East Wales, with a greater and greater loss of extremely experienced magistrates.