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capitulary

[kuh-pich-uh-ler-ee] /kəˈpɪtʃ əˌlɛr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to a chapter, especially to an ecclesiastical one.
noun, plural capitularies.
2.
a member of a chapter, especially of an ecclesiastical one.
3.
Often, capitularies. an ordinance or law of a Frankish sovereign.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin capitulārius, equivalent to capitul(um) (see capitular) + Latin -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for capitulary

capitulary

/kəˈpɪtjʊlərɪ/
noun (pl) -laries
1.
any of the collections of ordinances promulgated by the Frankish kings (8th–10th centuries ad)
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin capitulāris; see capitular
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Encyclopedia Article for capitulary

ordinance, usually divided into articles (Latin: capitula), promulgated by the Carolingian sovereigns (Charlemagne and his heirs) in western Europe (8th to late 9th century). These ordinances dealt with various issues of administration, the royal domains, and public order and justice, as well as with ecclesiastical problems. Similar acts had been promulgated earlier by the Merovingians

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