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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dotation \Do*ta"tion\, n. [LL. dotatio, fr. L. dotare to endow, fr. dos, dotis, dower: cf. F. dotation. See Dot dowry.] 1. The act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman. [1913 Webster] 2. Endowment; establishment of funds for support, as of a hospital or eleemosynary corporation. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DOTATION, French law. The act by which the founder of a hospital, or other charity, endows it with property to fulfill its destination.