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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A year of probation appointed for the trial of religious, whether or no they have a vocation, and the necessary qualities for living up to the rule, the observation whereof they are to bind themselves to by vow. The novitiate lasts a year at least; in some houses more. It is esteemed the bed of the civil death of a novice, who expires to the world by profession.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Novitiate'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/n/novitiate.html. 1802.