pensionary

pensionary

[pen-shuh-ner-ee]
noun, plural pensionaries.
1.
a pensioner.
2.
a hireling.
adjective
3.
of the nature of a pension.
4.
receiving a pension.

Origin:
1530–40; < Medieval Latin pēnsiōnārius. See pension, -ary

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pensionary (ˈpɛnʃənərɪ)
 
adj
1.  constituting a pension
2.  maintained by or receiving a pension
 
n , -aries
3.  a person whose service can be bought; hireling

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pensionary

powerful political office in the Dutch Republic (United Provinces; 1579-1795). Pensionaries, originally the secretaries and legal advisers of the town corporations, were first appointed in the 15th century. They were members of the town delegations in the provincial States (assemblies). The pensionaries of the provinces of Holland and Zeeland were particularly influential and, by the end of the 16th century, virtually dominated certain city governments.

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