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itinerancy

[ahy-tin-er-uh n-see, ih-tin-] /aɪˈtɪn ər ən si, ɪˈtɪn-/
noun
1.
the act of traveling from place to place.
2.
a going around from place to place in the discharge of duty or the conducting of business.
3.
a body of itinerants, as ministers, judges, or sales representatives.
4.
the state of being itinerant.
5.
the system of rotation governing the ministry of the Methodist Church.
Also, itineracy
[ahy-tin-er-uh-see, ih-tin-] /aɪˈtɪn ər ə si, ɪˈtɪn-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of itinerancy
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; itiner(ant) + -ancy
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Examples from the Web for itinerancy
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  • "Chosen field" had reference to the itinerancy, not matrimony.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • But it is in the itinerancy as it is in other walks of life.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • But when one has been in the Methodist itinerancy a lifetime one cannot do that.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • His belief in itinerancy had its roots in his temperament, as well as in his judgment.

    Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald
  • But it is more manifestly so, perhaps, in the itinerancy, than in any other.

    Thirty Years in the Itinerancy Wesson Gage Miller
  • itinerancy should not be allowed to clip the wings of divine Science.

  • They are a distinct class, and as we went on in the itinerancy I learned to call them God's annuals.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • Anyhow, I say there were no level grounds in Methodist experience in William's and my early days in the itinerancy.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • It is no mystery to me why dress fashions for women connected with the itinerancy tend to mourning shades.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • However, I pass over a thousand little epitaphs of memory and come to our last years in the itinerancy.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
British Dictionary definitions for itinerancy

itinerancy

/ɪˈtɪnərənsɪ; aɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of itinerating
2.
(mainly Methodist Church) the system of appointing a minister to a circuit of churches or chapels
3.
itinerants collectively
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