Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An absolute ruler.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A magistrate invested with unlimited power, and created in times of national distress and peril. Among the Romans, he continued in office for six months only, and had uniimited power and authority over both the property and lives of the citizens.