[ prok-yuh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌprɒk yəˈreɪ ʃən /
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the act of obtaining or getting; procurement.
the act of procuring prostitutes.
the appointment of a procurator, agent, or attorney.
the authority given.
a document whereby the authority is given.
Archaic. management for another; agency.
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Origin of procuration

1375–1425; late Middle English procuracion<Latin prōcūrātiōn- (stem of prōcūrātiō) management, equivalent to prōcūrāt(us) (past participle of prōcūrāre to take care of; see procure) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM procuration

non·proc·u·ra·tion, noun


procuration , procurement
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What does procuration mean?

Procuration is the act or process of procuring something—obtaining or getting it, especially through special means or extra effort.

When used in a general way, the word procurement is more commonly used to mean the same thing. Procurement most commonly refers to the formal, official process of purchasing and obtaining materials, supplies, or equipment, especially in the context of business or government.

Procuration can also be used in a more specific (but less common) way in the context of law to refer to the appointment of a procurator, a person employed to manage someone’s affairs, such as a deputy, attorney, or agent. Procuration can also refer to the authority that such a person is given, or the document that gives them that authority (a document like this is often referred to as power of attorney).

Example: The procuration of these items will require additional time.

Where does procuration come from?

The first records of the word procuration come from around 1400. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb prōcūrāre, meaning “to take care of” or “to look after.” This is formed from the Latin verb cūrāre, “to care for.” The English words curate and curation are based on a related root.

Procuration can simply refer to the act of acquiring something. But it often implies that obtaining the thing may require some extra effort, as in The procuration of this replacement part for the refrigerator was no easy task. The word procurement is more commonly used.

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What are some other forms related to procuration?

  • nonprocuration (noun)
  • procure (verb)

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How is procuration used in real life?

Procuration can mean the same thing as procurement but is less commonly used.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of procuration?

A. procurement
B. procurance
C. proposition
D. acquisition

How to use procuration in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for procuration

/ (ˌprɒkjʊˈreɪʃən) /

the act of procuring
  1. the appointment of an agent, procurator, or attorney
  2. the office, function, or authority of such an official
  3. the formal written authority given to such an officialSee also power of attorney
criminal law the offence of procuring women for immoral purposes
archaic the management of another person's affairs
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