noun Ecclesiastical.
the tenure of a benefice to be held until the appointment of a regular incumbent, the benefice being said to be held in commendam.
a benefice so held.

1555–65; < Medieval Latin, short for (dare) in commendam (to give) in trust; commendam, accusative singular of commenda, noun derivative of Latin commendāre to commend Unabridged
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commendam (kəˈmɛndæm)
1.  the temporary holding of an ecclesiastical benefice
2.  a benefice so held
[C16: from Medieval Latin phrase dare in commendam to give in trust, from commenda trust, back formation from Latin commendāre to entrust, commend]

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Restrictions on the partner in commendam with regard to management or administration of the partnership.
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