American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds the place of another; a deputy or temporary substitute.
- n. A professional person (such as a doctor or clergyman) who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A substitute or deputy; one filling an office for a time.
- n. someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
- Existing in English since the seventeenth century: from Medieval Latin locum tenens, “one holding a place”. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin locum tenēns : Latin locum, accusative of locus, place + Latin tenēns, present participle of tenēre, to hold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed he built almost an entire new quarter in that town; it was therefore, to say the least, hard and mortifying when, after twenty-five years of administration the "Concilium locum tenens regium" asked him if there was any priest in his diocese in possession of two benefices or offices, as in that case it was the emperor's pleasure (Joseph II) that one of them should be given up.”
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