from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman history, a title which originally designated the consuls as the leaders of the armies of the state.
  • noun Hence A magistrate; a mayor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rom. Antiq.) A civil officer or magistrate among the ancient Romans.
  • noun rare Hence, a mayor or magistrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic


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  • At a peak pretor population there are not enough elk left to feed all those predators, predators starve.

    On Wolves And The Future Of Hunting

  • At a peak pretor population there are not enough elk left to feed all those predators, predators starve.

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  • "No one named the author of the murder, for the pretor was silent," says Paul Jovius in his eulogy of the poet.

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  • By this dignity he was the chief judge of the city; his pomp and state differed little from that of a consul, and he was obliged to wear the Trabea, which was a rich robe of silk, magnificently embroidered, and sparkling with precious stones: a garment only allowed to the consuls and pretor.

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  • Britaine, persuaded the emperour Claudius to take the warre in hand at this time against the Britains, so that one Aulus Plautius a senatour, and as then pretor, was appointed to take the armie that soiourned in France then called Gallia, and to passe ouer with the same into

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  • He had married a sister of Caesar and, though still young when he died, had become a senator and pretor.

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  • Nero, however, wished to bring about some reform which would help the masses, and he gave orders in an edict that the rates of all the vectigalia be published; that at Rome the pretor, and in the provinces the propretor and proconsul, should summarily decide all suits against the tax-farmers and that the soldiers should be exempt from these same vectigalia.

    The Women of the Caesars

  • It is certain that either she or some other influential personage succeeded in gaining possession of the proofs of Julia's guilt and brought them to Augustus, threatening to lay them before the pretor and to institute proceedings if he did not discharge his duty.

    The Women of the Caesars

  • According to the Lex de adulteriis, he as husband should have made known the crime of his wife to the pretor and have had her punished.

    The Women of the Caesars

  • I am resolved not to permit the pretor or the judges to be changed in this cause.

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