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n. Roman Catholic Church
An authorization granted by the pope, allowing a bishop or diocese to deviate from canon law in some particular.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin indultum, from Late Latin, concession, gift, from Latin indultum, neuter past participle of indulgēre, to be kind.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a faculty granted by the Holy See allowing a specific deviation from the Church's common law
[C16: from Church Latin indultum a privilege, from Latin indulgēre to indulge]
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an often temporary dispensation granted by the pope, permitting a deviation from church law.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin indultum, n. use of neuter of Latin indultus, past participle of indulgēre to indulge]
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