magistrate

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

Definition of magistrate

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

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Origin and Etymology of magistrate

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


MAGISTRATE Defined for English Language Learners

magistrate

noun

Definition of magistrate for English Language Learners

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


MAGISTRATE Defined for Kids

magistrate

noun mag·is·trate \ ˈma-jə-ˌstrāt \

Definition of magistrate for Students

1 :a chief officer of government
2 :a local official with some judicial power

Law Dictionary

magistrate

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

legal Definition of magistrate

1 :a civil or judicial official vested with limited judicial powers
  • a traffic magistrate
2 a :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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