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motu proprio

[moh-too proh-pree-oh] /ˈmoʊ tu ˈproʊ priˌoʊ/
Latin.
1.
of one's own accord: used of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.

proprio motu

[praw-pri-oh moh-too; English proh-pree-oh moh-too] /ˈprɔ prɪˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu; English ˈproʊ priˌoʊ ˈmoʊ tu/
Latin.
1.
by one's own volition; on one's own initiative.
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British Dictionary definitions for motu

motu

/məʊˈtuː/
noun
1.
(Hinglish, derogatory) a fat man or boy
Word Origin
C21: Hindi

Motu

/ˈməʊtuː/
noun
1.
(pl) -tu, -tus. a member of an aboriginal people of S Papua
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
3.
Also called Hiri Motu, (esp formerly) Police Motu. a pidgin version of this language, widely used in Papua-New Guinea Compare Neo-Melanesian

motu proprio

/ˈməʊtuː ˈprəʊprɪˌəʊ/
noun
1.
an administrative papal bull
Word Origin
Latin: of his own accord
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Encyclopedia Article for motu

motu proprio

(Latin: "on one's own initiative"), in the Roman Catholic church, a papal document personally signed by the pope to signify his special interest in the subject, less formal than constitutions and carrying no papal seal. Its content may be instructional (e.g., on the use of plainchant), administrative (e.g., concerning a church law or the establishment of a commission), or merely to confer a special favour. The words motu proprio always introduce the document.

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