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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.
- n. A duty levied on all importations.
- v. To indulge; grant; permit; accord.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
It is to be noted moreover that the word indult, employed in a less restricted sense, is synonymous with privilege, grace, favor, concession, etc.
In cases where a cleric had formerly been a physician, he may not practise medicine except through necessity, without obtaining a papal indult, which is generally not granted except for an impelling cause
The Bishops granted an 'indult' for the priest to wear a suit with a clerical shirt because of the anti-Catholic sentiment in the mainly protestant American culture.
The word 'indult' comes from a Latin word meaning 'concession, gift', ultimately from a Latin root meaning 'to be kind'.