expectative grace

noun

: a grant of a benefice not yet vacant

Word History

Etymology

alteration of Middle English (Scots) grace expectative, partial translation of Medieval Latin gratia expectativa, from Latin gratia grace + Medieval Latin expectativa (feminine of expectativus)

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“Expectative grace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectative%20grace. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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