Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A church living.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Fr. In French law. A banefit or advantage, and particularly a privilege given by the law rather than by the agreement of the parties.
    —Benefice de discussion. Benefit of discussion. The right of a guarantor to require that the creditor should exhaust his recourse agninst the principal debtor before having recourse to the guarantor himself.
    —BSn6fice de division. Benefit of division ; right of contribution as between co-sureties.
    —BCnefiee d'inventaire. A term which corresponds to the beneficium inventarii of Roman law, and substantially to the English law doctrine that the executor properly accounting is only liable to the extent of the assets received by him
    —Beneflciaire. The person in whose favor a promissory note or bill of exchange is payable; or any person in whose favor a contract of any description is executed. Arg. Fr. Merc. Law, 547.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In ecclesiastical law. In Its technical sense, this term includes ecclesiastical preferments to which rank or public office is attached, otherwise described as ecclesiastical dignities or offlcos, such as bishoprics, deaneries, and the like; but in popular acceptation, it is almost invariably appropriated to rectories, vicarages, perpetual curacies, district churches, and endowed chapelries. 3 Steph. Comm. 77. "Benefice" is a term derived from the feudal law, in which it signified a permanent stipendiary estate, or an estate held by feudal tenure, 8 Steph. Comm. 77, note, i; 4 Bl. Comm. 107.