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[rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. pertaining to asking or requesting: a rogatory commission.
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Origin of rogatory

1835–45; < Medieval Latin rogātōrius < Latin rogā(re) (see rogation) + -tōrius -tory1
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Historical Examples

  • On May 18th., the Viceroy issued a rogatory decree, entreating the people to remain loyal to the Mother-country.

    Notes on the History of Argentine Independence

    C. W. Whittemore

British Dictionary definitions for rogatory


  1. (esp in legal contexts) seeking or authorized to seek information
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Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin rogātōrius, from Latin rogāre to ask
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