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1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present. The romans were entertained with shows and donatives.

2. A benefice conferred on a person by the founder or patron, without either presentation or institution by the ordinary, or induction by his orders. See the note under Benefice.


Origin: L. Donativum, fr. Donare: cf. F. Donatif. See Donate.