(tr) to transfer (property, rights, etc) from the Church into lay hands
adjective (ɪmˈprəʊprɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
transferred in this way
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Derived forms of impropriateimpropriation, nounimpropriator, noun
Word Origin for impropriate
C16: from Medieval Latin impropriāre to make one's own, from Latin im- in- ² + propriāre to appropriate
Words nearby impropriate
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Example sentences from the Web for impropriate
In a parish where there is an impropriate rectory and a vicarage, glebe may be attached to both or either.The Legal Position of the Clergy|P. V. Smith
The poor vicars never got back a bit of the impropriate tithes; the seats of learning got comparatively little.Two Suffolk Friends|Francis Hindes Groome