(kn"sl), n. [L., prob. fr. consulere to deliberate. See Consult.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) One of the two chief magistrates of the republic.
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They were chosen annually, originally from the patricians only, but later from the plebeians also.
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2. A senator; a counselor. [Obs.]
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Many of the consuls, raised and met,
Are at the duke's already.
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With kings and consuls of the earth.
Job. iii. 14 (Douay Ver. )
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3. (Fr. Hist.) One of the three chief magistrates of France from 1799 to 1804, who were called, respectively, first, second, and third consul.
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4. An official commissioned to reside in some foreign country, to care for the commercial interests of the citizens of the appointing government, and to protect its seamen.
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Consul general, a consul of the first rank, stationed in an important place, or having jurisdiction in several places or over several consuls. -- Vice consul, a consular officer holding the place of a consul during the consul's absence or after he has been relieved.
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