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[sek-ri-tair-ee-uh l] /ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər i əl/
noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work:
a secretarial school.
Origin of secretarial
1795-1805; secretary + -al1
Related forms
nonsecretarial, adjective
subsecretarial, adjective
unsecretarial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He spoke of secretarial work, but even there she would need to be able to do typing and shorthand.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • She could not sit all morning simply talking to him; that might be social but not secretarial.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • Apparently Mr. Hill's secretarial labours were valued at 20s.

  • Neither Pryce nor Mast had cared to undertake the secretarial work.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • May we ask if there is any country on earth where such high salaries are paid to the secretarial heads of departments as in India?

  • The clerical force were thrilled and enraptured with their secretarial occupation!

    Selina George Madden Martin
Word Origin and History for secretarial

1801, from stem of secretary (Medieval Latin secretarius) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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