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prelate nullius

[noo-lee-uh s] /nʊˈli əs/
noun, plural prelates nullius. Roman Catholic Church
1.
a prelate having independent jurisdiction over a district not under a diocesan bishop.
Origin
< Neo-Latin or Medieval Latin nullīus dioecēsis of no diocese
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