From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Commendam \Com*men"dam\, noun [LL. dare in commendam to give into trust.] (Eng. Eccl. Law) A vacant living or benefice commended to a cleric (usually a bishop) who enjoyed the revenue until a pastor was provided. A living so held was said to be held in commendam. The practice was abolished by law in 1836.
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