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rabbinical

or rabbinic

[ruh-bin-i-kuh l or ruh-bin-ik] /rəˈbɪn ɪ kəl or rəˈbɪn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to rabbis or their learning, writings, etc.
2.
for the rabbinate:
a rabbinical school.
Origin of rabbinical
1615-1625
1615-25; < Medieval Latin rabbīn(us) of a rabbi1 + -ical
Related forms
nonrabbinical, adjective
unrabbinic, adjective
unrabbinical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rabbinical
adj.

1620s, earlier rabbinic (1610s); see Rabbi + -ical. The -n- is perhaps via rabbin "rabbi" (1520s), an alternative form, from French rabbin, from Medieval Latin rabbinus (also source of Italian rabbino, Spanish and Portuguese rabino), perhaps from a presumed Semitic plural in -n, or from Aramaic rabban "our teacher," "distinguishing title given to patriarchs and the presidents of the Sanhedrin since the time of Gamaliel the Elder" [Klein], from Aramaic plural of noun use of rabh "great."

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