Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
inductus, p. p. of
To bring in; to introduce; to usher in.
The independent orator
inductinghimself without further ceremony into the pulpit.
Sir W. Scott.
To introduce, as to a benefice or office; to put in actual possession of the temporal rights of an ecclesiastical living, or of any other office, with the customary forms and ceremonies.
The prior, when
inductedinto that dignity, took an oath not to alienate any of their lands.
Webster 1828 Edition
Literally, to being in or introduce. Hence, appropriately,
1.To introduce, as to a benefice or office; to put in actual possession of an ecclesiastical living or of any other office, with the customary forms and ceremonies. Clerks or parsons are inducted by a mandate from the bishop to the archdeacon, who usually issued a precept to other clergymen to perform the duty. In the United States, certain civil officers and presidents of colleges, are inducted into office with appropriate ceremonies.