Commendam
Commendam Com*men"dam, n. [LL. dare in commendam to give into trust.] (Eng. Eccl. Law) A vacant living or benefice commended to a cleric (usually a bishop) who enjoyed the revenue until a pastor was provided. A living so held was said to be held in commendam. The practice was abolished by law in 1836. [1913 Webster]

There was [formerly] some sense for commendams. --Selden. [1913 Webster]

{Partnership in commendam}. See under {Partnership}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • commendam — [kə men′dam΄] n. [< ML dare in commendam, to give in trust: see COMMANDERY] Historical 1. the temporary holding of a benefice, with the right to its revenues, by a cleric or layman in the absence of a proper incumbent: he was said to hold the… …   English World dictionary

  • commendam — /keuh men dam/, n. Eccles. 1. the tenure of a benefice to be held until the appointment of a regular incumbent, the benefice being said to be held in commendam. 2. a benefice so held. [1555 65; < ML, short for (dare) in commendam (to give) in… …   Universalium

  • commendam — /kəˈmɛndəm/ (say kuh menduhm) noun Ecclesiastical 1. the tenure of a benefice to be held until the appointment of a regular incumbent, the benefice being said to be held in commendam. 2. a benefice so held. {Medieval Latin, accusative singular of …   Australian English dictionary

  • commendam — kəˈmenˌdam noun ( s) Etymology: Medieval Latin, accusative of commenda trust (as used in the phrase dare in commendam to give in trust) 1. a. : the custody or holding of a benefice by a cleric or a layman to whom it is given in charge often only… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Commendam — See In commendam …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • commendam — /kamendam/ In ecclesiastical law, the appointment of a suitable clerk to hold a void or vacant benefice or church living until a regular pastor be appointed. In commercial law, a species of limited partnership. The limited partnership (or societe …   Black's law dictionary

  • commendam — /kamendam/ In ecclesiastical law, the appointment of a suitable clerk to hold a void or vacant benefice or church living until a regular pastor be appointed. In commercial law, a species of limited partnership. The limited partnership (or societe …   Black's law dictionary

  • commendam — com·men·dam …   English syllables

  • commendam — The appointment of a temporary clergyman to hold a living pending the appointment of a regular parson …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Partnership in commendam — Commendam Com*men dam, n. [LL. dare in commendam to give into trust.] (Eng. Eccl. Law) A vacant living or benefice commended to a cleric (usually a bishop) who enjoyed the revenue until a pastor was provided. A living so held was said to be held… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”