What is a praetorship?

What is a praetorship? Here are some definitions.

  1. (historical) The office or term of a praetor. [from 16th c.]
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For he rose no higher than the praetorship, but published a large and not uninteresting history.
No one could be Praetor without having first been Quaestor, or Consul without having held the praetorship.
With the like indolence he held the praetorship, and in the same quiet and silence.
One of the greatest attractions of the praetorship and consulship was that they conferred imperium, which gave the bearer the right to command armies.
This and his election to a praetorship for 62 established him as a man of power and importance.
Caius Calpurnius, having his command continued to him for a year after the expiration of his praetorship, was sent into Etruria.

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