Abbreviator Law and Legal Definition

Abbreviator is one who abbreviates, abridges or shortens. In ecclesiastical law, abbreviator means an officer in the court of Rome appointed as assistant to the vice chancellor. His duty is to draw up Pope’s briefs and reduce petitions for the use of chief dignitaries of the Catholic Church and afterwards expands into proper form to be converted into papal bulls. The office was suppressed in 1908 by Pope Pius X. In Latin, Abbreviators are called ‘Abbreviatores.’ Abbreviators are also called as ‘Breviators.’