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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A deputy of a Roman Catholic bishop.
  • n. The holder of a papal provision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who provides; a purveyor.
  • n.
  • n. The purveyor, steward, or treasurer of a religious house.
  • n. One who is regularly inducted into a benefice. See Provision, 5.
  • n. One who procures or receives a papal provision. See Provision, 6.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who provides; a purveyor; a provider.
  • n. A person who has the right, gained by mandate of the Pope, to be in future presented to a benefice which is not vacant at the time of the grant. See provide, 6.

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