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[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to a denomination or denominations.
founded, sponsored, or controlled by a particular religious denomination or sect:
denominational schools.
limited, conditioned, originating in, or influenced by the beliefs, attitudes, or interests of a religious sect, political party, etc.:
denominational prejudice.
Origin of denominational
1830-40; denomination + -al1
Related forms
denominationally, adverb
nondenominational, adjective
nondenominationally, adverb
transdenominational, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Claims for denominational schools were put forward not only by the Roman Catholics but by the Anglicans.

    George Brown John Lewis
  • Life and energy were infused into the denominational colleges.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • This Act gave the Trustee Boards of towns and cities full power to determine the number of, and regulate, denominational schools.

  • We may, when circumstances so suggest, change our denominational allegiance.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Long custom, ancient disputes, denominational loyalties, keep these relatively feeble bodies asunder.

  • She did not view it as uncharitableness, but only as a denominational rule.

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • An unseen hand guides her to a chapel, which she would have disdained to enter had she known its denominational character.

  • Religious, or at least denominational, differences began to cause friction.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
  • He claimed no denominational name, but preached this glorious truth.

    The Harvest of Years Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
Word Origin and History for denominational

1838; see denomination + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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