Definition for DON'A-TIVE

DON'A-TIVE, n. [Sp. and Ital. donativo; L. donativum, from dono, to give.]

  1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole. The Romans were entertained with shows and donatives. – Dryden.
  2. In the canon law, a benefice given and collated to a person, by the founder or patron, without either presentation, institution, or induction by the ordinary. – Encyc.

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