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  1. ecclesiastical province(noun)

    the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order

    "the general of the Jesuits has several provinces under him"

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  1. Ecclesiastical province

    An ecclesiastical province is a large jurisdiction of religious government, so named by analogy with the secular Roman province. In those hierarchical Christian churches that have dioceses, a province is a collection of those dioceses. The Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion all have provinces. These provinces are led by an archbishop. In the early church and in some modern churches, a province's cathedral and the cathedral's city is called a metropolis and the province's bishop is called, in turn, a metropolitan bishop or a metropolitan.

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