- any of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.
Origin of motu proprio
literally, of one's own accord
[praw-pri-oh moh-too; English proh-pree-oh moh-too]
- by one's own volition; on one's own initiative.
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Examples from the Web for motu
Nars, who launched his eponymous make-up line in 1994, has spent a decade photographing his private island, Motu Tané.Kate Upton Models Hot Pockets; DVF President Resigns After 14 Years
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October 9, 2013
When the Motu people hear that Koiarians are coming, they hide their valuables.
The Motu tribe has already had great influence, and will have more and more every year.
When all was finished I gave my present, and said a few words in the Motu dialect.
Na Motu is the quaint title of a handsome volume of voyage and adventure in the South Seas.The Reason Why
The Motu hold that sua (ghosts or spirits) are seen in dreams, and that when a man sleeps his own sua leaves his body.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
- Hinglish derogatory a fat man or boy
- plural -tu or -tus a member of an aboriginal people of S Papua
- the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
- Also called: Hiri Motu, (esp formerly) Police Motu a pidgin version of this language, widely used in Papua-New GuineaCompare Neo-Melanesian
- an administrative papal bull
Latin: of his own accord
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