Legal Definition and Related Resources of Benefice

Meaning of Benefice

An ecclesiastical term; means the office and emoluments of a rector , a vicar of a parochial church , and in the case of a rector includes the freehold of the parsonage house , the glebe, the tithes and other dues, or in the case of the vicar, a proportion of these emoluments. In modern sense, it may be classified as rectories, vicarages and perpetual curacies; also applicable to archdeaconry.

Benefice Alternative Definition

An ecclesiastical preferment. In its more extended sense, it includes any such preferment; in a more limited sense, it applies to rectories and vicarages only. See “Beneficium.”

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Cession, Impatronisation, Impatronization, Incumbent, Induction, Institution, Mandatory, Patron, Rector, Rectory, Simony, Spoliation.

What does Benefice mean in American Law?

The definition of Benefice in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

The Latin is beneficium. In feudal law, an estate held in ecclesiastical tenure. In post-feudal times, most broadly, any ecclesiastical office or living, e.g., an archbishopric, bishopric, deanery, etc. But usually used to describe the office and living (i.e., right to maintenance, e.g., tithes) of one directly charged with the “cure of souls,” e.g., rectors and vicars of parish churches. See also advowson.


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Meaning of Benefice in the Past

In its most extended sense, any ecclesiastical preferment or dignity; but in its more limited sense, it is applied only to rectories and vicarages. [1]


Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about benefice is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including benefice.

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