One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a benefice) to which a patron has the right of presentation.
- ‘A benefice is elective when the appointing authority may collate only after some electoral body has named the future incumbent; presentative when such nomination belongs to a patron; collative when the bishop or other superior appoints independently of any election or presentation.’
- ‘The benefice became presentative in 1899 and was called a vicarage from the first institution (1909).’
- ‘Such churches and chapels shall be considered as presentative benefices.’
Mid 16th century: probably from medieval Latin, based on Latin praesentare (see present).
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