suffraganship

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suffragan (ˈsʌfrəɡən)
 
adj
1.  a.  (of any bishop of a diocese) subordinate to and assisting his superior archbishop or metropolitan
 b.  (of any assistant bishop) having the duty of assisting the bishop of the diocese to which he is appointed but having no ordinary jurisdiction in that diocese
 
n
2.  a suffragan bishop
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin suffragāneus, from suffrāgium assistance, from Latin: suffrage]
 
'suffraganship
 
n

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