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 for sinecure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sinecure \Si`ne*cure\, n. [L. sine without + cura care, LL., a
     cure. See Cure.]
     1. An ecclesiastical benefice without the care of souls.
        --Ayliffe.
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     2. Any office or position which requires or involves little
        or no responsibility, labor, or active service.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A lucrative sinecure in the Excise.   --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sinecure \Si"ne*cure\, v. t.
     To put or place in a sinecure.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sinecure
      n 1: a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are
           attached
      2: an office that involves minimal duties

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SINECURE. In the ecclesiastical law, this term is used to signify that an 
  ecclesiastical officer is without a charge or cure. 
       2. In common parlance it means the receipt of a salary for an office 
  when there are no duties to be performed. 
  
  

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