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ministerial

[min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the ministry of religion, or to a minister or other member of the clergy.
2.
pertaining to a ministry or minister of state.
3.
pertaining to or invested with delegated executive authority.
4.
of ministry or service.
5.
serving as an instrument or means; instrumental.
Origin
1555-1565
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
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-ministerial

ministerial

/ˌmɪnɪˈstɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a minister of religion or his office
2.
of or relating to a government minister or ministry: a ministerial act
3.
(often capital) of or supporting the ministry or government against the opposition
4.
(law) relating to or possessing delegated executive authority
5.
(law) (of an office, duty, etc) requiring the following of instructions, without power to exercise any personal discretion in doing so
6.
acting as an agent or cause; instrumental
Derived Forms
ministerially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quasi-ministerial

ministerial

adj.

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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