prefecture

[pree-fek-cher]
noun
the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin praefectūra. See prefect, -ure

prefectural [pri-fek-cher-uhl] , adjective
subprefecture, noun
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prefecture (ˈpriːfɛkˌtjʊə)
 
n
1.  the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
2.  the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
 
pre'fectural
 
adj

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Example sentences
Some evacuees feel that if they move outside their prefecture, they will lose benefits and links to their communities.
Local prefecture officials are less interested in abstract property rights and legal nuances than they are in firms creating jobs.
But the best students in this province are from one of the poorest, rural prefecture, not the city.
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