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(Eng. Law) The right of presenting or nominating a person to a vacant benefice or living in the church. [Originally, the relation of a patron (advocatus) or protector of a benefice, and thus privileged to nominate or present to it.] A right of presentation to a church living. The benefices of the Church of England are in every case subjects of presentation. The advowsons of more than half of them belongs to private persons, and of the remainder to the crown, bishops, deans and chapters, universities, and colleges. Under ecclesiastical law and Latin from advow or advocare, a right of presentation to a church or benefice. He who possesses this right is called the patron or advocate, when there is no patron, or he neglects to exercise his right within six months, it is called a lapse, i. e. a title is given to the ordinary to collate to a church; when a presentation is made by one who has no right it is called a usurpation. 


This is the name given in English ecclesiastical law to the right of presentation to a vacant church or benefice. Sometimes this right is vested in the bishop of the ...

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