Term derived from Roman law, where it designated enactments of the emp. in decree, letter, or ordinance having force of statute. Hence, in canon law, ordinances of the ch. Gen. used of ecclesiastical constitutions issued by gen. councils and by the Roman see. Episc. constitutions are issued by bps. individually or assembled in syn.
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