abbot nullius

noun abbot nul·li·us \-nu̇ˈlēəs\

Definition of abbot nullius

plural

abbots nullius

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of abbot nullius

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


First Known Use: 1877


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