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congregational

[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a congregation:
congregational singing.
2.
(initial capital letter) pertaining or adhering to a form of Protestant church government in which each local church acts as an independent, self-governing body, while maintaining fellowship with like congregations.
Origin of congregational
1570-1580
1570-80; congregation + -al1
Related forms
congregationally, adverb
non-Congregational, adjective
uncongregational, adjective
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congregational

/ˌkɒŋɡrɪˈɡeɪʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a congregation
2.
(usually capital) of, relating to, or denoting the Congregational Church, its members, or its beliefs
Derived Forms
congregationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for congregational
adj.

1630s, in reference to Congregationalism, a Protestant movement in which church congregations were to be self-governing (the term most used in New England, in Britain they were called Independent); from congregation + -al (1). Related: Congregationalist.

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