- (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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The Romans issued marriage-licenses, but before doing so a pretor passed on the fitness of the candidates for each other.
In Rome under the Republic there was divided between the pretor and the judex the power to decide controversies.
The pretor had other duties, but the judex was confined to the single duty to hear and determine.
- a variant spelling of praetor
- (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
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Word Origin and History for pretor
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