Tithe Law and Legal Definition

Tithe in a broad sense means one-tenth of something. Tithe is a right with roots in old English law, giving clergy authority to take one-tenth of the produce of lands and personal industry of people for the Church's use. Tithing is a subject that can elicit strong emotions from both sides of the issue.

Today, tithes (or tithing) are typically voluntary and paid in cash, checks, or stocks. However, some European countries that allow the church to assess a mandatory tithe which is deducted from paychecks and enforced by law.