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[min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/
pertaining to the ministry of religion, or to a minister or other member of the clergy.
pertaining to a ministry or minister of state.
pertaining to or invested with delegated executive authority.
of ministry or service.
serving as an instrument or means; instrumental.
Origin of ministerial
1555-65; < Late Latin ministeriālis, equivalent to Latin ministeri(um) ministry + -ālis -al1
Related forms
ministerially, adverb
antiministerial, adjective
antiministerially, adverb
interministerial, adjective
nonministerial, adjective
nonministerially, adverb
pseudoministerial, adjective
quasi-ministerial, adjective
semiministerial, adjective
unministerial, adjective
unministerially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ministerial
  • Of course the developers aren't taking the ministerial decree lying down.
  • There is talk of granting the tax police ministerial status.
  • Pastoral or other significant ministerial experience is desired.
  • We were also concerned about a lack of clarity regarding ministerial responsibility for graduate students.
  • Political opponents accused the government of breaching the ministerial code.
  • It may well be that the period of presidential palace-building and ministerial high living is nearly at an end.
  • It was his only means of support unless he held a ministerial salary.
  • The reasons for a ministerial veto could not be made fully transparent without grave harm to the reputation of individuals.
  • Both camps are united in the belief that they have a duty to bring about a smooth transition of prime ministerial power.
  • She intervenes in the delicate ministerial politics that govern personnel appointments.
British Dictionary definitions for ministerial


of or relating to a minister of religion or his office
of or relating to a government minister or ministry: a ministerial act
(often capital) of or supporting the ministry or government against the opposition
(law) relating to or possessing delegated executive authority
(law) (of an office, duty, etc) requiring the following of instructions, without power to exercise any personal discretion in doing so
acting as an agent or cause; instrumental
Derived Forms
ministerially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ministerial

1560s, of religion; 1650s, of state; in some uses from Middle French ministériel and directly from Medieval Latin ministerialis "pertaining to service, of a minister," from Latin ministerium (see ministry); in some cases probably directly from minister or ministry.

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