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