from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ancient Roman official, appointed to be the chief administrator of a province after serving his term of office as praetor.

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  • n. A magistrate of ancient Rome who governed a province after serving as a praetor in Rome.


Latin prōpraetor : prō-, for; see pro-1 + praetor, praetor; see praetor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin prōpraetor. (Wiktionary)


  • There the insurgents had yet another encounter with a Roman army, possibly under the propraetor Manlius.

    The Spartacus War

  • It is plausible that he was assisted by the propraetor Cnaeus Manlius.

    The Spartacus War

  • In 72 B.C., Quintus Arrius had served as propraetor and helped Gellius defeat Crixus.

    The Spartacus War

  • As propraetor in 72 B.C., Arrius served on the staff of the consul Gellius.

    The Spartacus War

  • He had been slated to take over the governorship of Sicily in 72 B.C. but the Spartacus War got in the way, and Arrius was reassigned to Gelliuss staff, with the rank of propraetor.

    The Spartacus War

  • If a proconsul or propraetor, he probably governed a province.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • As, for example, his resolution about the corn which Fabius the propraetor sent from Spain, was very just and honorable; for he persuaded the senate to sell the corn, and return the money to the same provinces which had furnished them with it; and also that

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • “Try to find some humble propraetor with a war on his hands he can't handle,” said Caesar.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • He said you'd earned the consulship, that it was ridiculous to ask a man who had been propraetor twice and proconsul once to crawl into the House under a vow of silence.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • As soon as possible, I will be taking the propraetor Manius Aquillius and the valiant senator Lucius Cornelius Sulla with me as my legates to Gaul-across-the-Alps.

    The First Man in Rome


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