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[prok-ter]
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noun
  1. a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
  2. an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to supervise or monitor.

Origin of proctor

1350–1400; Middle English; contracted variant of procurator
Related formsproc·to·ri·al [prok-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prɒkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectiveproc·to·ri·al·ly, adverbproc·tor·ship, nounsub·proc·tor, nounsub·proc·to·ri·al, adjectivesub·proc·tor·ship, nounun·proc·tored, adjective
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Examples from the Web for proctorship

Historical Examples

  • Under her proctorship the moral courage of her son had developed.

    Sergeant York And His People

    Sam Cowan

  • I sneaked out into the garden to wait for her, and felt that the burden of a Proctorship was really more than I could endure.

    Strange Stories

    Grant Allen


British Dictionary definitions for proctorship

proctor

noun
  1. a member of the teaching staff of any of certain universities having the duties of enforcing discipline
  2. US (in a college or university) a supervisor or monitor who invigilates examinations, enforces discipline, etc
  3. (formerly) an agent, esp one engaged to conduct another's case in a court
  4. (formerly) an agent employed to collect tithes
  5. Church of England one of the elected representatives of the clergy in Convocation and the General Synod
verb
  1. (tr) US to invigilate (an examination)
Derived Formsproctorial (prɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveproctorially, adverb

Word Origin

C14: syncopated variant of procurator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for proctorship

proctor

n.

late 14c., contraction of procurator (c.1300) "steward or manager of a household;" also "a provider" (see procurator). From late 14c. as "one who acts or speaks for another; spokesman, advocate;" early 15c. as "business manager or financial administrator of a church, college, holy order, etc."

proctor

v.

1670s, from proctor (n.). Related: Proctored; proctoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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