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[pree-fek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpri fɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a prefect:
prefectorial powers.
Origin of prefectorial
1860-65; < Late Latin praefectōri(us) (see prefect, -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
subprefectorial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But probably the prefectorial dignity would have been sufficient, if you hadn't smashed it up.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Betteridge got a lecture on military discipline and on prefectorial dignity.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • In his eyes the prefectorial system was created for his express convenience and glorification.

  • Within a week he would finish his plan of prefectorial changes.

  • Public opinion, Housemasters, the prefectorial system—these have combined to modify his absolutism.

  • The prefectorial dignity seemed in a way to descend on Gordon; just then life was very good.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • He was right, except that the headmaster took the matter out of the prefectorial hands and soundly flogged the culprits himself.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford

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