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motu proprio

[moh-too proh-pree-oh] /ˈmoʊ tu ˈproʊ priˌoʊ/
noun, Latin.
any of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.
Origin of motu proprio
literally, of one's own accord

proprio motu

[praw-pri-oh moh-too; English proh-pree-oh moh-too] /ˈprɔ prɪˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu; English ˈproʊ priˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu/
adverb, Latin.
by one's own volition; on one's own initiative. Unabridged
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  • The motu tribe has already had great influence, and will have more and more every year.

    Adventures in New Guinea James Chalmers
  • When the motu people hear that Koiarians are coming, they hide their valuables.

    Adventures in New Guinea James Chalmers
  • We entered the same creek as for motu Lavao, and when up it some distance turned up another to the right, too narrow to use oars.

    Adventures in New Guinea James Chalmers
  • When all was finished I gave my present, and said a few words in the motu dialect.

    Adventures in New Guinea James Chalmers
  • This was followed by the appointment of Boe Vagi as head chief of the motu tribe.

    A Source Book Of Australian History Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
  • His words are: "Terra igitur, quæ centrum esse nequit, motu omni carere non potest."

  • Distinguendus namque his tremor quiescente licet ac decumbente corpore molustus a motu tremulo, de quo dictum.

  • Among the motu of New Guinea when a man is helega, he may not eat food that his wife has cooked.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari commentatio, Bologna, 1791.

British Dictionary definitions for motu


(Hinglish, derogatory) a fat man or boy
Word Origin
C21: Hindi


(pl) -tu, -tus. a member of an aboriginal people of S Papua
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
Also called Hiri Motu, (esp formerly) Police Motu. a pidgin version of this language, widely used in Papua-New Guinea Compare Neo-Melanesian

motu proprio

/ˈməʊtuː ˈprəʊprɪˌəʊ/
an administrative papal bull
Word Origin
Latin: of his own accord
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