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Impropriation

Impropriation, the act of employing the revenues of a church living for a layman's use, and it exists where a rectory or tithes are held by a lay person termed the impropriator. In the case of a rectory the impropriator or lay rector is bound to provide for the cure of souls by appointing either a vicar or a perpetual curate for the purpose.