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  1. a high judicial officer in medieval England.
  2. the chief political and judicial officer in England from the reign of William I to that of Henry III.
  3. justiciary(def 2).
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Origin of justiciar

1475–85; < Medieval Latin jūsticiārius justiciary
Related formsjus·ti·ci·ar·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for justiciar

Historical Examples of justiciar

  • Your lordship, being the justiciar, speaks with knowledge of what is to come to me.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • That is why the archbishop and the justiciar accompanied the expedition.

    Medival Wales

    A. G. Little

  • He traces his descent from the justiciar of the Norman kings.

  • Justiciar, the citizens permitted to elect their own, i, 43.

  • Its president was the Justiciar, who was the king's representative.

British Dictionary definitions for justiciar


  1. English legal history the chief political and legal officer from the time of William I to that of Henry III, who deputized for the king in his absence and presided over the kings' courtsAlso called: justiciary
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Derived Formsjusticiarship, noun
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