of or pertaining to a recession of the clergy and choir after the service.
of or pertaining to a recess, as of a legislative body.
a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.

1865–70; recession1 + -al1 Unabridged
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recessional (rɪˈsɛʃənəl)
1.  of or relating to recession
2.  a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service

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Example sentences
The recessional is played, and the procession goes out in reversed order.
Maybe redshifts aren't really due to recessional velocity, and the universe
  isn't expanding.
During these recessional times this kind of funding is a pure luxury.
Large seasonal basins also are common in this region and occur in the low areas
  between recessional moraines.
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