[ emp-ter, -tawr ]
/ ˈɛmp tər, -tɔr /


(especially in legal usage) a person who purchases or contracts to purchase; buyer.

Origin of emptor

1870–75; < Latin: buyer, equivalent to em(ere) to buy + -tor -tor, with intrusive -p-
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Examples from the Web for emptor

  • He is an Emptor Familiæ, and inherits the legal clothing of the person whose place he begins to fill.

    Ancient Law|Sir Henry James Sumner Maine