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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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Translations

praetor

nPrätor m
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Livy does not specify how the procedure was modified, but perhaps only the sortes for the urban and peregrine praetorships were in the urn when Flaccus' turn came to cast lots.
Valerius Flaccus, the flamen Dialis, won election to a praetorship for 183.
Cassius owed their praetorships to Caesar, while Caesar had named D.