Definition of presentee in English:


Syllabification: pres·en·tee
Pronunciation: /ˌprezənˈtē, priˌzenˈtē


  • A person nominated or recommended for an office or position, especially a church benefice.
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    • Eager to show itself worthy of the status it enjoyed, and to obtain popular support, the church in 1834 passed a law of its own, ordaining that thenceforth no presentee to a parish church should be admitted if he was objected to by a majority of the male communicants of the congregation.
    • After the bishop or his commissary has instituted the presentee, he issues a mandate under seal, addressed to the archdeacon or some other neighbouring clergyman, authorizing him to induct the clerk into his benefice.
    • But although he made a favourable impression on them, the presentee did not benefit by it.


late 15th century: from Anglo-Norman French, literally 'presented', from the verb presenter (see present2).

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