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[kuh-lee-juh l, -jee-uh l; for 2 also kuh-lee-gee-uh l] /kəˈli dʒəl, -dʒi əl; for 2 also kəˈli gi əl/
of or characterized by the collective responsibility shared by each of a group of colleagues, with minimal supervision from above.
Origin of collegial
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word collēgiālis. See college, -al1
Related forms
collegially, adverb
subcollegial, adjective
Can be confused
collegial, collegiate. Unabridged
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  • Time for reflection and collegial dialogue is necessary to maintain this nursing lens in a period of increasing responsibility.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for collegial


of or relating to a college
having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
Derived Forms
collegially, adverb
collegiality, noun
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Word Origin and History for collegial

mid-14c., from Middle French collégial, from Latin collegialis, from collegium (see college). Related: Collegially; collegiality.

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