Definition of proctor in English:


Line breaks: proc|tor
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒktə


  • 1British An officer (usually one of two) at certain universities, appointed annually and having mainly disciplinary functions.
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    • The kilt ban was sparked after university proctors - officials responsible for student discipline - complained about the variety of flamboyant clothing being worn to graduations.
    • Breaking the code could result in a £70 fine from the university proctors.
    • Anyone found to have breached university regulations on computer use would be referred to the proctors, and would be subject to investigation.
  • 2North American An invigilator at a university or college examination.
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    • In reality, the examiners help the proctors in all the counting and recounting, both to save time and because it's also their necks on the line if anything goes missing.
    • When instructors are not acting as proctors or detectives hoping to stifle cheating or ferret out dishonest students, some are dreaming up schemes of their own.
    • The proctor will administer tests and act as liaison with Purdue University.
  • 3(In the Church of England) an elected representative of the clergy in the convocation of Canterbury or York.
  • 3.1 historical A qualified practitioner of law in ecclesiastical and certain other courts. See also Queen's Proctor.
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    • As I recall it, it confers on the court jurisdiction to deal with the admission and discipline of attorneys, solicitors and proctors.
    • The proctor (an ecclesiastical court solicitor) launched the defamation proceedings.


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  • Invigilate (an examination): 18% of the faculty reported that graduate assistants frequently proctored exams
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    • The examination is proctored and administered by the fellowship director or designee at program sites.
    • Other support services that would be beneficial are administering achievement tests and proctoring exams.
    • I haven't finished writing an exam that's scheduled for Monday at 1:30, and I'm proctoring my other exam at 8:30 Sunday morning.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtɔːrɪəl/
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  • Do you have an argument here, I mean, if it is a decision under an enactment, universities have their own internal structures, appeal mechanisms to professorial boards, proctorial boards and ultimately to university governing bodies.
  • She is said to be considering taking proctorial or police action against the girls, who admitted receiving the e-mails.
  • Far from that happening the proctorial office of DU now denies that the girl is a bona fide student of DU.




late Middle English: contraction of procurator.

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