Decretals

decretal

[dih-kreet-l]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.
noun
2.
a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
3.
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(um) decree + -ālis -al1

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decretal (dɪˈkriːtəl)
 
n
1.  RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
 
adj
2.  of or relating to a decretal or a decree
 
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree]
 
de'cretalist
 
n

Decretals (dɪˈkriːtəlz)
 
pl n
RC Church a compilation of decretals, esp the authoritative compilation (Liber Extra) of Gregory IX (1234) which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici

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