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[don-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, doh-nuh-]
noun, plural don·a·to·ries. Chiefly Scots Law.
  1. a donee of the king, especially one given the right by the king to property obtained by escheat or forfeit.
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Origin of donatory

1610–20; < Medieval Latin dōnātōrius, equivalent to Latin dōnā(re) (see donation) + -tōrius -tory1
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Historical Examples

  • In Scotland they were held to belong to the crown or its donatory, usually the sheriff of a county.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 1


  • On this island Francesco Pereira Coutinho, the first donatory, was killed by the savages.

  • The donatory of the territory which included the bay of Bahia, started a town, but it was destroyed by Indians.