com·men·dam | \ kəˈmenˌdam \
plural -s

Definition of commendam 

1a : the custody or holding of a benefice by a cleric or a layperson to whom it is given in charge often only until a proper incumbent is provided

b : the enjoyment of the revenues from such a custody or holding

2 : a benefice held in commendam

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History and Etymology for commendam

Medieval Latin, accusative of commenda trust (as used in the phrase dare in commendam to give in trust)

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to make amends

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