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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Definitions for collegial

  1. Characterized by or having authority or responsibility shared equally by each of a group of colleagues.
  2. Characterized by equal sharing of authority especially by Roman Catholic bishops.
  3. Of or relating to a college or university; collegiate.

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Citations for collegial
These collaborations also tend to be collegial, with the leader perceived as one among equals, rather than as one in possession of unique skills or knowledge. Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
Through Marshall's own instinct for building consensus and, most important, through the power of collegial discussion, the Justices of that era overcame sharp divisions and succeeded in separating the interests of the Court and of the Constitution from politics. Edward Lazarus, Closed Chambers
Origin of collegial
Collegial comes from Medieval Latin collegialis, "of or relating to colleagues," from Latin collegium, "an association," from collega, "a colleague, one chosen with [col- for con-, 'with'] another, a partner in office," from con- + legare, "to send or choose as deputy," from lex, legis, "law."