- pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.
- a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
- Decretals, the body or collection of such decrees as a part of the canon law.
Origin of decretal
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Examples from the Web for decretals
The decretals of the Roman Pontiffs were seized for this holy purpose.
His commentaries on the decretals were frequently reprinted.
Their son, Gaspard Calderino, wrote a commentary on the decretals.
According to the medieval canon law, based on the decretals, and codified in the 13th century in the Roman Catholic Church.
The archbishops eagerly accepted the decretals because they hoped to profit by their doctrines.
- RC Church a compilation of decretals, esp the authoritative compilation (Liber Extra) of Gregory IX (1234) which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici
- RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
- of or relating to a decretal or a decree
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree
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