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propraetor

or propretor

[proh-pree-ter] /proʊˈpri tər/
noun, Roman History.
1.
an officer who, after having served as praetor in Rome, was sent to govern a province with praetorial authority.
Origin of propraetor
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin prōpraetor; see pro-1, praetor
Related forms
propraetorial
[proh-pri-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌproʊ prɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
propraetorian, adjective
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Examples from the Web for propraetor
Historical Examples
  • Were I propraetor of Britain, I would rule them differently.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • I went to the footraces the other day, and saw the propraetor, but I don't like him.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • That of Titus Otacilius the propraetor was first read in the senate.

  • Caius Calpurnius, who held that province as propraetor, had written word that the Arretians had originated such a scheme.

  • A letter was also written to Quintus Pleminius, the propraetor, with directions that he should assist in the business.

  • I would propose that you should at once enter into negotiations with the propraetor, and start as soon as possible for Lugdunum.

  • The legions of the propraetor of Lugdunensis are already on their way hither, by forced marches from Clusium.

  • Domitian knew only of the advance of the propraetor, and still supposed that it was in fulfilment of his own orders.

  • Lugdunensian Gaul belonged to the imperial provinces, and therefore possessed a propraetor and a larger garrison.

  • The procession halted before the building which had been erected from the ruins of the old city as a residence for the propraetor.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for propraetor

propraetor

/prəʊˈpriːtə/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome) a citizen, esp an ex-praetor, granted a praetor's imperium to be exercised outside Rome, esp in the provinces
Word Origin
Latin, from prō praetōre one who acts for a praetor
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