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Definition of annates in English:
plural nounchiefly historical
A year’s revenue of a Roman Catholic see or benefice, paid to the Pope by a bishop or other cleric on his appointment.
- He enforced clerical discipline and residence; he forbade the sale of Indulgences; he reduced Papal spending and he abolished annates.
- Hereafter no remittances shall be made for annates or for any other purpose to the court of Rome, the vice legation at Avignon, or to the nunciature at Lucerne.
- The impost called annates involved the surrender of one-half of revenues during the first year of office by each new episcopal incumbent.
Early 16th century: from French, from medieval Latin annata 'year's proceeds', from annus 'year'.
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