[pree-fek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


of, relating to, or characteristic of a prefect: prefectorial powers.

Origin of prefectorial

1860–65; < Late Latin praefectōri(us) (see prefect, -tory1) + -al1
Related formssub·pre·fec·to·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prefectorial

Historical Examples of prefectorial

  • Betteridge got a lecture on military discipline and on prefectorial dignity.

  • Within a week he would finish his plan of prefectorial changes.

  • He was right, except that the headmaster took the matter out of the prefectorial hands and soundly flogged the culprits himself.

    Haviland's Chum

    Bertram Mitford

  • The prefectorial dignity seemed in a way to descend on Gordon; just then life was very good.

  • But probably the prefectorial dignity would have been sufficient, if you hadn't smashed it up.