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 (sī′nĭ-kyo͝or′, sĭn′ĭ-)
1. A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
2. Archaic An ecclesiastical benefice not attached to the spiritual duties of a parish.

[From Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā, (benefice) without cure (of souls) : Latin sine, without + Latin cūrā, ablative of cūra, care; see cure.]

si′ne·cur·ism n.
si′ne·cur′ist n.
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the policy or practice of maintaining an office or position that provides income without demanding any or much work or attendance. Also sinecureship.sinecure, n.
See also: Work
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