[ pree-fek-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]

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

Origin of prefectorial

1860–65; <Late Latin praefectōri(us) (see prefect, -tory1) + -al1

Other words from prefectorial

  • sub·pre·fec·to·ri·al, adjective

Words Nearby prefectorial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prefectorial in a sentence

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

    The Loom of Youth | Alec Waugh
  • But probably the prefectorial dignity would have been sufficient, if you hadn't smashed it up.

    The Loom of Youth | Alec Waugh
  • Public opinion, Housemasters, the prefectorial system—these have combined to modify his absolutism.

  • In his eyes the prefectorial system was created for his express convenience and glorification.

  • Flinging prefectorial dignity to the winds, they rushed down to the studies.

    The Loom of Youth | Alec Waugh