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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Law Settled, fixed, or absolute; being without contingency: a vested right.
  • adj. Dressed or clothed, especially in ecclesiastical vestments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. : (law) settled, fixed or absolute, with no contingencies.
  • adj. : dressed or clothed, especially in vestments
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of vest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Clothed; robed; wearing vestments.
  • adj. Not in a state of contingency or suspension; fixed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clothed; especially, wearing, or having assumed, state robes or some ceremonial costume: as, a vested choir.
  • In heraldry, clothed; draped: used especially when the clothing is of a different tincture from the rest of the bearing. This blazon is more usual when only a part of the body is represented. Also clothed.
  • Not in a state of contingency or suspension: fixed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fixed and absolute and without contingency


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    Therefore, by virtue of the authority
    vested in me by the Universitatus
    Committeeatum e plurbis unum, I hereby
    confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D

    June 11, 2010