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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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While we smile at the simplicity of his heart and the narrowness of his views, which made him regard everything out of the direct path of his daily duty, and the rigid exigencies of the service, as trivial and impertinent, which inspired him with contempt for the swelling vanity of some of his coadjutors, and the literary exercises and curious researches of others, we cannot but applaud that strict and conscientious devotion to the interests of his employer, and to what he considered the true objects of the enterprise in which he was engaged.
"To take my orders from the coadjutor and to see if we cannot wake up Mazarin a little."
The magistrate, upon the encouragement of so learned a coadjutor, and upon the violent intercession of the squire, was at length prevailed upon to seat himself in the chair of justice, where being placed, upon viewing the muff which Jones still held in his hand, and upon the parson's swearing it to be the property of Mr Western, he desired Mr Fitzpatrick to draw up a commitment, which he said he would sign.
Here they found them comfortably encamped: twenty-two prime trappers, all well appointed, with excellent horses in capital condition led by Milton Sublette, and an able coadjutor named Jarvie, and in full march for the Malade hunting ground.
Coadjutors did not exercise ordinary jurisdiction in their own right before they succeeded to their sees, but they were consecrated as bishops of dioceses that had fallen into the hands of the infidels (in partibus infidelium).
(4) For the pre-Vatican II canons relating to coadjutors, see The Catholic Encyclopedia (New York: Robert Appleton, 1907), vol.
Likewise, the Chinese Jesuit coadjutors are rarely named (e.g., 49 and 68), and, if so, mostly by their Portuguese appellations.
Clossey states that Jesuit novices became "formed scholastics" when they took vows at the end of the novitiate; he also suggests that these men became "spiritual coadjutors" sometime prior to becoming "professed" fathers (27-28).
Like white abolitionists, African Americans viewed emancipation as the culmination of their decades-long struggle for justice, but far more acutely than their white coadjutors, they could not ignore the partial nature of their accomplishment.
In two instances that made headlines at the time, Bishop David Foley was named auxiliary bishop -- not coadjutor, but apparently with some special powers -- to Bishop Walter Sullivan of Richmond, Va., in 1986, and in Seattle, coadjutors were named in 1985 and again in 1987.
Coadjutors are not common in the United States, even though Flynn is becoming one for a second time.
As of the end of September, Francis had named just 10 bishops in the United States, including two archbishops: Michael Jackels in Dubuque, Iowa, appointed April 8, and Bernard Hebda in Newark, N.J., named coadjutor archbishop Sept.