ministerial [min- uh- steer-ee- uh l] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com pertaining to the ministry of religion, or to a minister or other member of the clergy. pertaining to a ministry or minister of state. pertaining to or invested with delegated executive authority. of ministry or service. serving as an instrument or means; instrumental. Origin of ministerial 1555–65;
Late Latin ministeriālis,
-ālis -al 1 Related forms min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb an·ti·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective an·ti·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb in·ter·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective non·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective non·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb pseu·do·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective qua·si-min·is·te·ri·al, adjective sem·i·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective un·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective un·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for interministerial of or relating to a minister of religion or his office of or relating to a government minister or ministry a ministerial act (often capital) of or supporting the ministry or government against the opposition law relating to or possessing delegated executive authority law (of an office, duty, etc) requiring the following of instructions, without power to exercise any personal discretion in doing so acting as an agent or cause; instrumental Derived Forms ministerially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interministerial ministerial adj.
1560s, of religion; 1650s, of state; in some uses from Middle French
ministériel and directly from Medieval Latin ministerialis "pertaining to service, of a minister," from Latin ministerium (see ministry); in some cases probably directly from minister or ministry.
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