BENEFICE - Black's Law Dictionary

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In ecclesiastical law. In its techni- cal sense, this term includes ecclesiastical prefer- ments to which rank or public office is attached, otherwise described as ecclesiastical dignities or offices, such as bishoprics, deaneries, and the like; but in popular acceptation, it is almost invariably appropriated to rectories, vicarages, perpetual curacies, district churches, and endowed chap- elries. 3 Steph.Comm. 77. "Benefice" is a term derived from the feudal law, in which it signified a permanent stipendiary estate, or an estate held by feudal tenure. 4 Bl.Comm. 107.

BENEFICE. Fr. In French law. A benefit or advantage, and particularly a privilege given by, the law rather than by the agreement of the par- ties.

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