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[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nl/
of or pertaining 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.
1830-40; denomination + -al1
Related forms
denominationally, adverb
nondenominational, adjective
nondenominationally, adverb
transdenominational, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for denominational
  • Theology becomes more and more cosmopolitan, and oversteps denominational boundaries.
  • It really did start out with non-denominational goals.
  • Here are some non-denominational recipes designed to minimize stress and maximize, let's say, health.
  • denominational leaders are also reaching out to their pastors to help guide their words.
  • The non-denominational chapel has a large white cross on the grounds that can be seen high on the hills over the city.
  • Hotels and resorts can arrange for a non-denominational officiant to perform the service.
  • Students attended daily non-denominational chapel services.
  • The cemetery has a non-denominational chapel that is available for services.
Word Origin and History for denominational

1838; see denomination + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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