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prelate nullius

[noo-lee-uh s]
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noun, plural prelates nullius. Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a prelate having independent jurisdiction over a district not under a diocesan bishop.
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Origin of prelate nullius

< New Latin or Medieval Latin nullīus dioecēsis of no diocese
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