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 (kō′ə-jo͞o′tər, kō-ăj′ə-tər)
1. A coworker; an assistant.
2. Ecclesiastical A subordinate bishop designated as an assistant and usually as a successor to the bishop of a given diocese.

[Middle English coadjutour, assistant, from Latin coadiūtor : co-, co- + adiūtor, assistant (from adiūtāre, to aid; see adjutant).]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop appointed as assistant to a diocesan bishop
2. rare an assistant
[C15: via Old French from Latin co- together + adjūtor helper, from adjūtāre to assist, from juvāre to help]
coˈadjutress, coˈadjutrix fem n
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(koʊˈædʒ ə tər, ˌkoʊ əˈdʒu tər)

1. an assistant.
2. a bishop who assists another bishop and has the right of succession.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, =co- co- + adjūtor helper (adjū-, base of adjuvāre to help (compare adjutant) + -tor -tor)]
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Noun1.coadjutor - an assistant to a bishop
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
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A person who holds a position auxiliary to another and assumes some of the superior's responsibilities:
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Earlier, the mayor's controversial remarks drew flak from netizens, including Antipolo Coadjutor Bishop Francisco Mendoza De Leon.
Auxiliary bishops were sometimes appointed to assist ailing bishops, but it was more usual for a coadjutor bishop to be appointed, especially in what the canon law candidly described as cases of diocesans who were 'impeded from performance of their Episcopal duties by old age, or bodily infirmity, or sickness, protracted and incurable, such as loss of speech, blindness, paralysis, and insanity'.
Rest of his life, he was a Novice master, teacher of theology, auxiliary bishop, coadjutor bishop and Archbishop before he was appointed a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.
The candidate to be coadjutor bishop of Shanghai, Fr.
It is expected the coadjutor bishop will ultimately take over in the Armagh Archdiocese when the Cardinal retires aged 75.
2001 before being appointed coadjutor Bishop of Leeds the following year and then ninth Bishop of Leeds in 2004.
Coadjutor Bishop John Tong is expected to succeed Zen in the Hong Kong diocese.