abbot nullius

noun
abbot nul·li·us | \-nu̇ˈlēəs\
plural abbots nullius

Definition of abbot 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

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First Known Use of abbot nullius

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abbot nullius

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

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