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[min-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əl/
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, equivalent to Latin ministeri(um) ministry + -ālis -al1
Related forms
ministerially, adverb
antiministerial, adjective
antiministerially, adverb
interministerial, adjective
nonministerial, adjective
nonministerially, adverb
pseudoministerial, adjective
quasi-ministerial, adjective
semiministerial, adjective
unministerial, adjective
unministerially, adverb Unabridged
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  • This last feature of their ministerial character was most especially exemplified in the commons by Mr. Disraeli.

  • Simion Petrovitch was a chamberlain, and served in the ministerial court.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • The censure was carried in the Lords by nine votes, but was defeated in the Commons by a ministerial majority of eighteen.

  • Straight our ministerial journals exclaim, What an act of vigour!

    The Economist Various
  • The nervous father clenched the railing in a daze, and cowered before the ministerial heckling.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for ministerial


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 ministerial

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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