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[kuh-lee-juh l, -jee-uh l; for 2 also kuh-lee-gee-uh l] /kəˈli dʒəl, -dʒi əl; for 2 also kəˈli gi əl/
of or characterized by the collective responsibility shared by each of a group of colleagues, with minimal supervision from above.
Origin of collegial
1300-50; Middle English < Latin collēgiālis. See college, -al1
Related forms
collegially, adverb
subcollegial, adjective
Can be confused
collegial, collegiate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for collegial
  • She was collegial in the best sense, desiring to engage on many levels.
  • We are searching for a self-starter to help administer the accounts receivable function in a dynamic, collegial work environment.
  • He resisted, preferring a low-profile, collegial style.
  • There, the partners were arguing in their polite, collegial way over the disposition of tens of millions.
  • Their discussions are usually factual, friendly and collegial even if opposing.
  • Jerry discovered that this group was far more collegial and intimate.
  • Don't worry about people who tell you he lacks a collegial temperament.
  • Candidates must be innovative and creative, and must possess superb communications skills and a collegial leadership style.
  • They focus on routines in an intense, high-decibel, two-hour mix of the self-absorbed and the collegial.
  • The notion of solitary scholarship is nearly nonexistent in the sciences, which depend upon collegial collaboration.
British Dictionary definitions for collegial


of or relating to a college
having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
Derived Forms
collegially, adverb
collegiality, noun
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Word Origin and History for collegial

mid-14c., from Middle French collégial, from Latin collegialis, from collegium (see college). Related: Collegially; collegiality.

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