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The right in English ecclesiastical law of presentation to a vacant benefice.

[Middle English avouson, from Old French avoeson, from Medieval Latin advocātia, from Latin advocātiō, a summoning, from advocāre, to summon; see advocate.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) English ecclesiastical law the right of presentation to a vacant benefice
[C13: via Anglo-French and Old French from Latin advocātiōn- the act of summoning, from advocāre to summon]
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(ædˈvaʊ zən)

the right to name a candidate for a vacant position in the Church of England.
[1250–1300; Middle English avoweisoun < Anglo-French, Old French avoeson « Latin advocātiō]
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Noun1.advowson - the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical beneficeadvowson - the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
right - an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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n (Rel Brit) → Pfründenbesetzungsrecht nt
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(88.) See STUART BANNER, AMERICAN PROPERTY: A HISTORY OF HOW, WHY, AND WHAT WE OWN 7-10, 13 (2011) (discussing historical understanding of property in intangibles, such as advowsons).
The canon law from this perspective was, therefore, concerned exclusively with spiritual matters, marriage law, wills and succession, frankalmoign provision of church offices, advowsons, crimes of clerics, other crimes, such as defamation, adultery, usury, and tithes.
280 (2006) (analyzing possessory actions in the context of advowsons).