motu proprio

[ moh-too proh-pree-oh ]
/ ˈmoʊ tu ˈproʊ priˌoʊ /

noun Latin.

any of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.


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Origin of motu proprio

literally, of one's own accord

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Definition for motu (2 of 2)

proprio motu
[ praw-pri-oh moh-too; English proh-pree-oh moh-too ]
/ ˈprɔ prɪˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu; English ˈproʊ priˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu /

adverb Latin.

by one's own volition; on one's own initiative. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for motu (1 of 3)

/ (məʊˈtuː) /


Hinglish derogatory a fat man or boy

Word Origin for motu

C21: Hindi

British Dictionary definitions for motu (2 of 3)

/ (ˈməʊtuː) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for motu (3 of 3)

motu proprio
/ (ˈməʊtuː ˈprəʊprɪˌəʊ) /


an administrative papal bull

Word Origin for motu proprio

Latin: of his own accord
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