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1. A provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire.
2. A high administrator in one of the modern colonial empires.

[Middle English, from Latin prōcōnsul, from prō cōnsule, in place of the consul : prō, instead of; see pro-1 + cōnsule, ablative of cōnsul, consul; see consul.]

pro·con′su·lar (-sə-lər) adj.
pro·con′su·late (-sə-lĭt) n.
pro·con′sul·ship′ n.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an administrator or governor of a colony, occupied territory, or other dependency
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) the governor of a senatorial province
[C14: from Latin, from prō consule (someone acting) for the consul. See pro-2, consul]
proconsular adj
proˈconsulate, proˈconsulship n


(proʊˈkɒn səl)

1. an official, usu. a former consul, acting as governor or military commander of an ancient Roman province, with powers similar to those of a consul.
2. any appointed administrator over a dependency or an occupied area.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōconsul; see pro-1, consul]
pro•con′su•lar, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proconsul - an official in a modern colony who has considerable administrative power
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
2.proconsul - a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
governor - the head of a state government
3.proconsul - an anthropoid ape of the genus Proconsul
hominoid - a primate of the superfamily Hominoidea
genus Proconsul - genus of extinct primitive African primates of the Miocene epoch; sometimes considered a subgenus of Dryopithecus


[ˌprəʊˈkɒnsəl] Nprocónsul m


nProkonsul(in) m(f)
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