noun British.

  1. an unclassified degree granted a university student who has fulfilled all requirements for graduation but was prevented by illness from attending the final examinations.


  1. (in British and certain other universities, and, sometimes, schools) a certificate allowing a candidate to pass an examination although he has missed all or part of it through illness
  2. a degree or other qualification obtained in such circumstances

certificate that a student is ill, Latin, literally “he is sick,” third person singular of aegrotare “to be sick,” from aeger “sick.”

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