advowson definition

  • noun:
    • Just The Right in English ecclesiastical law of presentation to a vacant benefice.
    • The right of showing to a vacant benefice or staying in the church.
    • The right of providing to a vacant benefice or surviving in the chapel. [initially, the relation of a patron (advocatus) or protector of a benefice, and therefore privileged to nominate or give it.]
    • initially, the responsibility to protect an ecclesiastical company or a religious house. See advocate of this chapel, under supporter.
    • In English legislation, the proper of presentation to a vacant benefice.
    • the best in English law of showing a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice

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