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- noun (R. C. Ch.) Formerly, a part of the Roman chancery; now, a separate office from which are sent graces or favors, cognizable
in foro externo, such as appointments to benefices. The name is derived from the word datum, given or dated (with the indications of the time and place of granting the gift or favor).
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- noun religion, historical Part of the
Roman Catholic Curia, abolished in 1967, from which were sent gracesor favourssuch as appointmentsto benefices.
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Late Latin, from Latin datum ("given").
(dataria) the datary (datario), if he were not a cardinal, and the pro-datary (pro datario), if he were a cardinal.