from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church A faculty granted by the pope to deviate from the common law of the Church.
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- n. A permission or privilege granted by the church authority that excepts an individual from what is otherwise a norm of church law, such as a release from monastic vows.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A privilege or exemption; an indulgence; a dispensation granted by the pope.
- n. A duty levied on all importations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An indulgence; license; permission; grant.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a license or permission granted by the Pope for the performance of some act not sanctioned by the common law of the church; an exemption; a privilege.
- n. In Spain, an impost formerly paid to the king on everything brought in galleons from America.
- To indulge; grant; permit; accord.
Middle English, from Medieval Latin indultum, from Late Latin, concession, gift, from Latin indultum, neuter past participle of indulgēre, to be kind.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)