from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The right in English ecclesiastical law of presentation to a vacant benefice.
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- n. The right of presenting to a vacant benefice or living in the church.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The right of presenting to a vacant benefice or living in the church. [Originally, the relation of a patron (advocatus) or protector of a benefice, and thus privileged to nominate or present to it.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, the obligation to defend an ecclesiastical office or a religious house. See advocate of the church, under advocate.
- n. In English law, the right of presentation to a vacant benefice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
Middle English avouson, from Old French avoeson, from Medieval Latin advocātia, from Latin advocātiō, a summoning, from advocāre, to summon; see advocate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)