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1. Terminology and origin

The English, French, and German term pension (from Latin pensio, “payment”) had several meanings in the early modern period. It meant primarily annual revenues, service payments, or salary, but it could also mean money for room and board or an institution offering food and shelter in return for payment [4]. From it we have the derivative pensioner (French pensionnaire, German Pensionierer, Italian pensionario) for a recipient of a pension or a bo…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Pension”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025373>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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