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In diplomacy, a legation was a diplomatic representative office lower than an embassy. Where an embassy was headed by an Ambassador, a legation was headed by an Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
A permanent diplomatic mission headed by a chief officer.
See also 
- American Legation, Tangier
- Beijing Legation Quarter
- Concession (territory)
- Papal Legations, certain administrative regions of the erstwhile Papal States, specifically the "legations" of Ferrara, Bologna, and Romagna
- Villa Lituania
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