dotation

dotation

[doh-tey-shuhn]
noun
an endowment.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin dōtātiōn- (stem of dōtātiō), equivalent to dōtāt(us), past participle of dōtāre to provide a dowry for (derivative of dōs dowry; cf. dot2) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English dotacioun < Anglo-French

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dotation (dəʊˈteɪʃən)
 
n
law the act of giving a dowry; endowment
 
[C14: from Latin dōtātiō, from dōtāre to endow]

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