Definition of Magistrate

1. Noun. A lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses).

Generic synonyms: Judge, Jurist, Justice
Specialized synonyms: Justice Of The Peace, Stipendiary, Stipendiary Magistrate
Derivative terms: Magisterial



Definition of Magistrate

1. n. A person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it.

Definition of Magistrate

1. Noun. (legal) A judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. A magistrate's court may have jurisdiction in civil or criminal cases, or both. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Magistrate

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Magistrate

magisteriality
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magisterium
magisteriums
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magistrands
magistrate (current term)
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magistricide
magistricides
magitian
maglev
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magma chamber
magma chambers

Literary usage of Magistrate

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1. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"The magistrate, selected by the community to be its leader and to consult ... But while fully admitting the great influence of the magistrate in the comitia ..."

2. Publications (1848)
"the magistrate may punish the church civilly, in civil cases; but that for one and the same cause the church must punish the magistrate, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"Where appellant's exceptions to acts of magistrate are predicated upon facts contrary to those stated in return of magistrate to circuit court, ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reportsby Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"By the 56th section of this act, the magistrate is authorized, ... Whether it was under this act that the proceedings before the magistrate found their way ..."

5. Winthrop's Journal, "History of New England," 1630-1649 by John Winthrop, James Kendall Hosmer (1908)
"To these it was answered, 1. that the civil magistrate had power upon just occasion to require the churches to send their messengers to advise in such ..."

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