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decretal

[dih-kreet-l] /dɪˈkrit 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 of decretal
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēcrētālis fixed by decree, equivalent to dēcrēt(um) decree + -ālis -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for decretals

Decretals

/dɪˈkriːtəlz/
plural noun
1.
(RC Church) a compilation of decretals, esp the authoritative compilation (Liber Extra) of Gregory IX (1234) which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici

decretal

/dɪˈkriːtəl/
noun
1.
(RC Church) a papal edict on doctrine or church law
adjective
2.
of or relating to a decretal or a decree
Derived Forms
decretalist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree
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