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noun, plural ab·ba·cies.
  1. the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
  2. the term of office of an abbot.
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Origin of abbacy

1400–50; late Middle English abbacie, abbat(h)ie < Late Latin abbātia (cf. abbey), equivalent to abbāt- (see abbot) + -ia -ia
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noun plural -cies
  1. the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess
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Word Origin

C15: from Church Latin abbātia, from abbāt- abbot
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