magistracy

noun
mag·is·tra·cy | \ˈma-jə-strə-sē \
plural magistracies

Definition of magistracy 

1 : the state of being a magistrate

2 : the office, power, or dignity of a magistrate

3 : a body of magistrates

4 : the district under a magistrate

First Known Use of magistracy

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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