[ kuh-men-dam ]
/ kəˈmɛn dæm /
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noun Ecclesiastical.

the tenure of a benefice to be held until the appointment of a regular incumbent, the benefice being said to be held in commendam.
a benefice so held.



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Origin of commendam

1555–65; <Medieval Latin, short for (dare) in commendam (to give) in trust; commendam, accusative singular of commenda, noun derivative of Latin commendāre to commend
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British Dictionary definitions for commendam

/ (kəˈmɛndæm) /


the temporary holding of an ecclesiastical benefice
a benefice so held
C16: from Medieval Latin phrase dare in commendam to give in trust, from commenda trust, back formation from Latin commendāre to entrust, commend
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