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rabbinical

[ruh-bin-i-kuh l] /rəˈbɪn ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to rabbis or their learning, writings, etc.
2.
for the rabbinate:
a rabbinical school.
Also, rabbinic.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Medieval Latin rabbīn(us) of a rabbi1 + -ical
Related forms
nonrabbinical, adjective
unrabbinic, adjective
unrabbinical, adjective
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Examples for rabbinical
  • rabbinical supervision and other factors can change, which might affect the restaurant's status.
  • Happily both are manageable, the one by rabbinical, the other by the civil law.
  • Kosher turkeys are prepared under rabbinical supervision.
  • Many are deterred from trying to convert by the rigours of the rabbinical courts.
  • However, in some cases rabbinical courts have failed to invoke these sanctions.
  • However, in some cases, rabbinical courts failed to invoke these sanctions.
  • However, in some cases rabbinical courts have failed to invoke sanctions.
  • rabbinical tribunals may sanction husbands who refuse to divorce wives.
  • rabbinical tribunals may sanction a husband who refuses divorce but may not grant a divorce without his consent.
  • rabbinical tribunals may sanction husbands who refuse to divorce wives, but may not grant a divorce without his consent.
British Dictionary definitions for rabbinical

rabbinic

/rəˈbɪnɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the rabbis, their teachings, writings, views, language, etc
Derived Forms
rabbinically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rabbinical
adj.

1620s, earlier rabbinic (1610s); see Rabbi + -ical. The -n- is perhaps via rabbin "rabbi" (1520s), an alternative form, from French rabbin, from Medieval Latin rabbinus (also source of Italian rabbino, Spanish and Portuguese rabino), perhaps from a presumed Semitic plural in -n, or from Aramaic rabban "our teacher," "distinguishing title given to patriarchs and the presidents of the Sanhedrin since the time of Gamaliel the Elder" [Klein], from Aramaic plural of noun use of rabh "great."

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