(in the ancient Roman republic) one of a number of elected magistrates charged chiefly with the administration of civil justice and ranking next below a consul.
Origin of praetor
1375–1425;late Middle Englishpretor < Latinpraetor, for *praeitor leader, literally, one going before, equivalent to *praei-, variant stem of praeīre to go before, lead (prae-prae- + -i-, base of īre to go) + -tor-tor
Related formsprae·to·ri·al[pree-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]/priˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
elected magistrate in ancient Rome (subordinate to consuls), early 15c., from Latin praetor "one who goes before;" originally "a consul as leader of an army," from prae "before" (see pre-) + root of ire "to go" (see ion).