praetor :

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  • n  an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic

  • The praetor handed the woman his sword and asked her to sheathe it while he moved the scabbard.
  • The cloture vote came hard to Senators fond of tracing the history of the legislative filibuster back to ancient Rome, where an eloquent praetor named Julius Caesar tried .
  • During the next 20 years, Caesar climbed nimbly up the Roman ladder of state officesquaestor, aedile, praetor, consul.

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