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prelacy (n.)

early 14c., "office of a prelate;" late 14c., "system of church government by prelates," from Old French prelacie and directly from Medieval Latin praelatia (see prelate).

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Definitions of prelacy

prelacy (n.)
prelates collectively;
Synonyms: prelature
prelacy (n.)
the office or station of a prelate;
Synonyms: prelature
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