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: of or relating to an abbot, abbess, or abbey
circa 1642, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin abbātiālis, from abbātia abbey + Latin -ālis -al entry 1
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obstinately defiant of authority
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