Com*men"dam (?), n. [LL. dare in commendam to give into trust.] Eng. Eccl.Law
A vacant living or benefice commended to a cleric (usually a bishop) who enjoyed the revenue until a pastor was provided. A living so held was said to be held in commendam. The practice was abolished by law in 1836.
There was [formerly] some sense for commendams.
Partnership in commendam. See under Partnership.
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