abbot nullius


abbot nul·​li·​us
plural abbots nullius
: an abbot who is exempt from diocesan control and under direct papal jurisdiction and who exercises the authority of an ordinary within the district in which his abbey is situated

Word History


partial translation of New Latin abbas nullius, short for abbas nullius dioecesis, "abbot of no diocese"

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abbot nullius was in 1877

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“Abbot nullius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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