Definitions for praetorˈpri tər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an elected magistrate in ancient Rome ranking next below a consul, charged chiefly with the administration of civil justice.
Category: Ancient History
Origin of praetor:
1375–1425; late ME pretor < L praetor, for *praeitor=*praei-, var. s. of praeīre to go before, lead (prae-prae - +īre to go) +-tor -tor
an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic
Praetor was a title granted by the government of Ancient Rome to men acting in one of two official capacities: the commander of an army; or, an elected magistratus, assigned various duties. The functions of the magistracy, the praetura, are described by the adjective: the praetoria potestas, the praetorium imperium, and the praetorium ius, the legal precedents established by the praetores. Praetorium, as a substantive, denoted the location from which the praetor exercised his authority, either the headquarters of his castra, the courthouse of his judiciary, or the city hall of his provincial governorship.
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