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praetūra, ae, f. [praetor], the dignity or office of a prœtor, the prœtorship (class.), Cic. Mur. 26, 53: praeturae jurisdictio, id. Fl. 3, 6: praeturā se abdicare, id. Cat. 3, 6, 14; Tac. A. 3, 30.—

II. The term of office of a prœtor: intra ejusdem praeturam agere, Gai. Inst. 4, 56; 122.