magistrate

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noun mag·is·trate \ˈma-jə-ˌstrāt, -strət\

Definition of magistrate

  1. :  an official entrusted with administration of the laws: as a :  a principal official exercising governmental powers over a major political unit (as a nation) b :  a local official exercising administrative and often judicial functions c :  a local judiciary official having limited original jurisdiction especially in criminal cases

magistratical

play \ˌma-jə-ˈstra-ti-kəl\ adjective

Examples of magistrate in a sentence

  1. <chose to take their case before the local magistrate>

Origin and Etymology of magistrate

Middle English magestrat, from Latin magistratus magistracy, magistrate, from magistr-, magister master, political superior — more at master


First Known Use: 14th century


MAGISTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

magistrate

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noun mag·is·trate \ˈma-jə-ˌstrāt, -strət\

Definition of magistrate for English Language Learners

  • : a local official who has some of the powers of a judge


MAGISTRATE Defined for Kids

magistrate

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noun mag·is·trate \ˈma-jə-ˌstrāt\

Definition of magistrate for Students

  1. 1 :  a chief officer of government

  2. 2 :  a local official with some judicial power


Law Dictionary

magistrate

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noun mag·is·trate \ˈma-jə-ˌstrāt, -strət\

Legal Definition of magistrate

  1. 1 :  a civil or judicial official vested with limited judicial powers <a traffic magistrate>

  2. 2a :  a municipal, state, or federal judicial officer commonly authorized to issue warrants, hear minor cases, and conduct preliminary or pretrial hearings —called also magistrate judge b :  an official (as a judge) authorized to perform the role or function of a magistrate <magistrate means an officer having power to issue a warrant for the arrest of a person charged with a public offense — Arizona Revised Statutes>

Origin and Etymology of magistrate

Latin magistratus magistracy, magistrate, from magistr- magister master, political superior



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