Middle English Dictionary Entry

prōvīsǒur n.
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(a) Eccl. One to whom the pope has granted the right to be appointed to a benefice as soon as a vacancy occurs; also, a religious to whom the pope has granted exemption from the duty of obedience to his canonical superiors; statut of provisours, any of the fourteenth-century acts that restricted the power of the pope in appointing to benefices, in granting exemptions from obedience to a canonical superior, etc.; (b) one who provides for, or takes care of, another.