The title originally given to a provisional administrator of a vacant abbey (held in commendam, i.e., in trust); later given for life with a claim to abbatial revenues and some degree of jurisdiction, if held by an ecclesiastic. It was ultimately abolished almost entirely, owing to serious abuses.
- “commendatory abbot”. . Saints.SQPN.com. 25 December 2013. Web. 28 August 2014. <>