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noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a dispensation granted often temporarily by the pope, permitting a deviation from church law.
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Origin of indult

1525–35; < Medieval Latin indultum noun use of neuter of indultus, past participle of indulgēre to indulge
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Historical Examples

  • At that time the provinces were divided, and this province of Philipinas was one of those which obtained the indult.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXV, 1640-1649


  • The bishop of Sugbú came to govern it, by indult of his Holiness, with which he has governed twice at Manila.

British Dictionary definitions for indult


  1. RC Church a faculty granted by the Holy See allowing a specific deviation from the Church's common law
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Word Origin

C16: from Church Latin indultum a privilege, from Latin indulgēre to indulge
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