prae·to·ri·an also pre·to·ri·an (prē-tôrē-ən)
1. Of or relating to a praetor or the praetorship.
2. Praetorian Of or belonging to the Praetorian Guard.
3. Venal; corruptible: "A large praetorian bureaucracy, filled with ambitious, possessive ... and often sycophantic people, makes work and makes trouble" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
1. A praetor or ex-praetor.
2. Praetorian A member of the Praetorian Guard.
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