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Magistrate Definition

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[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice


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Synonyms

judge, jurist, justice

Misc. Definitions

\Mag"is*trate\, n. [L. magistratus, fr. magister master: cf. F. magistrat. See {Master}.] A person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it. ``All Christian rulers and magistrates.'' --Book of Com. Prayer. Of magistrates some also are supreme, in whom the sovereign power of the state resides; others are subordinate. --Blackstone.

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