a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to supervise or monitor.

1350–1400; Middle English; contracted variant of procurator

proctorial [prok-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
proctorially, adverb
proctorship, noun
subproctor, noun
subproctorial, adjective
subproctorship, noun
unproctored, adjective Unabridged
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proctor (ˈprɒktə)
1.  a member of the teaching staff of any of certain universities having the duties of enforcing discipline
2.  (US) (in a college or university) a supervisor or monitor who invigilates examinations, enforces discipline, etc
3.  (formerly) an agent, esp one engaged to conduct another's case in a court
4.  (formerly) an agent employed to collect tithes
5.  Church of England one of the elected representatives of the clergy in Convocation and the General Synod
6.  (US) (tr) to invigilate (an examination)
[C14: syncopated variant of procurator]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., contraction of procurator (late 13c.), "official agent of a church or holy order," from O.Fr. procuratour (13c.), from L. procuratorem "manager, agent, deputy," from procurare (see procure).
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in English law, formerly a practitioner in ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, who performed duties similar to those of solicitors in ordinary courts. After the Judicature Act of 1873, the title of proctor in this sense became obsolete, the term solicitor being extended to include proctors. See also solicitor.

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Example sentences
Courses will be supervised by professors and a proctor.
Proctor is in fact not a scientist, but a politician.
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