pertaining to, of the nature
of, or containing a decree or decrees.
a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
Decretals, the body or collection of such decrees as a part of the canon law.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English
< Old French
< Late Latin dēcrētālis
fixed by decree, equivalent to dēcrēt
+ -ālis -al1