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[sek-ri-tair-ee-uh l] /ˌsɛk rɪˈtɛər i əl/
noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work:
a secretarial school.
Origin of secretarial
First recorded in 1795-1805; secretary + -al1
Related forms
nonsecretarial, adjective
subsecretarial, adjective
unsecretarial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If you do the part, I would like to have a talk with you about the secretarial duties.

  • She could not sit all morning simply talking to him; that might be social but not secretarial.

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • Neither Pryce nor Mast had cared to undertake the secretarial work.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • The clerical force were thrilled and enraptured with their secretarial occupation!

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Then she drew her secretarial manner like a veil over her face.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • She turned to Aldo, standing stiff and secretarial in the middle of the room.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
Word Origin and History for secretarial

1801, from stem of secretary (Medieval Latin secretarius) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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