in petto definition

  • adverb:
    • Roman Catholic Church In secret or private. Applied of appointments of cardinals because of the pope undisclosed in consistory.
    • independently, in secret.
  • adjective:
    • Secret, exclusive.
    • Designated as a cardinal not however established.
  • noun:
    • into the breast; therefore, in privacy; in book.
  • others:
    • In or within the breast; in book; not disclosed.
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