- (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
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Examples from the Web for praetor
He ordered the praetor of the city to arrest the Pope and conduct him to prison.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
As if the praetor should fairly dismiss him from the stage, whom he had taken in to act a while.Meditations
He must at all events to the praetor; a pity, so young and so rich!
Officers, remove the accused Glaucus—remove, but guard him yet,' said the praetor.
Hasten with this, Davus, to the praetor, at the amphitheatre.
- (in ancient Rome) any of several senior magistrates ranking just below the consuls
C15: from Latin: one who leads the way, probably from praeīre, from prae- before + īre to go
Word Origin and History for praetor
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