One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A magistrate of the Roman Republic who, after holding the office of praetor, was given the administration of a province not under military control, still with the authority of a praetor.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas North (1535–?1603), translator. From classical Latin prōpraetor magistrate or official holding the authority of a praetor in the provinces from prō praetōre, lit. ‘for the praetor’, (of a person) acting on behalf of the praetor from prō + praetōre, ablative of praetor.
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