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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Commendam  \Com*men"dam\,  n.  [LL.  dare  in  commendam  to  give  into 
  trust.]  (Eng.  Eccl.  Law) 
  A  vacant  living  or  benefice  commended  to  a  cleric  (usually  a 
  bishop)  who  enjoyed  the  revenue  until  a  pastor  was  provided. 
  A  living  so  held  was  said  to  be  held  in  commendam.  The 
  practice  was  abolished  by  law  in  1836. 
  There  was  [formerly]  some  sense  for  commendams. 
  {Partnership  in  commendam}.  See  under  {Partnership}.