Indult meaning

ĭn-dŭlt
An authorization granted by the pope, allowing a bishop or diocese to deviate from canon law in some particular.
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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.
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(Catholicism) A permission or privilege granted by the church authority that excepts an individual from what is otherwise a norm of church law, such as a release from monastic vows.
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Origin of indult

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin indultum from Late Latin concession, gift from Latin indultum neuter past participle of indulgēre to be kind

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition