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verb (ɪmˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
(transitive) to transfer (property, rights, etc) from the Church into lay hands
adjective (ɪmˈprəʊprɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
transferred in this way
Derived Forms
impropriation, noun
impropriator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin impropriāre to make one's own, from Latin im-in-² + propriāre to appropriate
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  • The poor vicars never got back a bit of the impropriate tithes; the seats of learning got comparatively little.

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
  • In a parish where there is an impropriate rectory and a vicarage, glebe may be attached to both or either.

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