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noun, plural mag·is·tra·cies.
  1. the office or function of a magistrate.
  2. a body of magistrates.
  3. the district under a magistrate.
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Also mag·is·tra·ture [maj-uh-strey-cher] /ˈmædʒ əˌstreɪ tʃər/.

Origin of magistracy

First recorded in 1570–80; magistr(ate) + -acy
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Related Words for magistracy

control, purview, domination, district, power, rule, influence, prerogative, administration, command, supervision, commission, zone, discretion, authority, scope, sovereignty, territory, arbitration, right

Examples from the Web for magistracy

Historical Examples of magistracy

  • He had taken to himself every title, united every magistracy in his person.

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    Emile Zola

  • The select judges are to be appointed by the magistrates, who are to choose one from every magistracy.



  • All magistrates, whatever be their tenure of office, must give an account of their magistracy.



  • But why should we be obedient to the magistracy for God's sake?

  • This is said of magistracy in general, and is a doctrine for every one (to receive).

British Dictionary definitions for magistracy


magistrature (ˈmædʒɪstrəˌtjʊə)

noun plural -cies or -tures
  1. the office or function of a magistrate
  2. magistrates collectively
  3. the district under the jurisdiction of a magistrate
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