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[rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to asking or requesting:
a rogatory commission.
Origin of rogatory
1835-45; < Medieval Latin rogātōrius < Latin rogā(re) (see rogation) + -tōrius -tory1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rogatory
  • Letters rogatory must be accompanied by an appropriate translation of the letters rogatory and attachments.
  • Service by letters rogatory through the diplomatic channel can take more than a year.
  • If compulsion of evidence is required, evidence may be requested in the form of a letter rogatory.
  • Rather they must forward requests for personal service through diplomatic channels under a letter rogatory.
  • Depositions related to criminal cases are accomplished via letters rogatory.
British Dictionary definitions for rogatory


/ˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
(esp in legal contexts) seeking or authorized to seek information
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin rogātōrius, from Latin rogāre to ask
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