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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the temporary holding of an ecclesiastical benefice
  2. a benefice so held

Word Origin for commendam

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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