R.C.Ch. a privilege or special permission granted by the pope to bishops and others to do something otherwise prohibited by the general law of the Church
Origin of indultfrom Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin indultum from LL, indulgence, favor from neuter of Classical Latin indultus, past participle of indulgere, indulge
nounRoman Catholic Church
An authorization granted by the pope, allowing a bishop or diocese to deviate from canon law in some particular.
Origin of indultMiddle English from Medieval Latin indultum from Late Latin concession, gift from Latin indultum neuter past participle of indulgēre to be kind