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capitulary

Syllabification: ca·pit·u·lar·y
Pronunciation: /kəˈpiCHəˌlərē
 
/

Definition of capitulary in English:

noun (plural capitularies)

historical
A royal ordinance under the Merovingian dynasty.
Example sentences
  • Codes were seen as rights of the people, capitularies as royal legislation.
  • An abridgement of the Carolingian capitularies of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious by Ansegisus, possibly acting in an official capacity, was made in the 820s.
  • One of Charlemagne's capitularies is entitled ‘On Scribes - That They Should Not Write Corruptly’.

Origin

mid 17th century: from late Latin capitularius, from Latin capitulum in the sense 'section of a law'.

Words that rhyme with capitulary

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