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

    Reduction in rank or office.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English ecclesiastical law. The taking away from a clergyman his benefice or other spiritual promotion or dignity, either by sentence declaratory in the proper court for fit and sufficient causes or in pursuance of divers penal statutes which declare the benefice void for some nonfeasance or neglect or some malfeasance or crime. 3 Steph. Comm. 87, 88; Burn, Ecc. Law, tit "Deprivation."