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[ kler-i-kuhl ]


  1. of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks:

    a clerical job.

  2. doing the work of a clerk or clerks:

    a clerical assistant;

    a clerical staff.

  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy:

    clerical garb.

  4. advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.:

    a clerical party.


  1. a cleric.
  2. clericals, Informal. clerical garments.
  3. a person or a party advocating the power or influence of the church in politics, government, etc.
  4. a person who does clerical work; office worker; clerk.
  5. Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.


/ ˈklɛrɪkəl /


  1. relating to or associated with the clergy

    clerical dress

  2. of or relating to office clerks or their work

    a clerical error

  3. supporting or advocating clericalism
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈclerically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • cler·i·cal·i·ty noun
  • cler·i·cal·ly adverb
  • in·ter·cler·i·cal adjective
  • non·cler·i·cal adjective noun
  • non·cler·i·cal·ly adverb
  • pre·cler·i·cal adjective
  • pro·cler·i·cal adjective
  • pseu·do·cler·i·cal adjective
  • pseu·do·cler·i·cal·ly adverb
  • qua·si-cler·i·cal adjective
  • qua·si-cler·i·cal·ly adverb
  • sem·i·cler·i·cal adjective
  • sem·i·cler·i·cal·ly adverb
  • un·cler·i·cal adjective
  • un·cler·i·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of clerical1

1425–75 for sense “learned”; 1585–95 clerical fordef 3; late Middle English < Late Latin clēricālis, equivalent to clēric ( us ) cleric + -ālis -al 1
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Example Sentences

Iran’s clerical rulers are depicted as well-meaning moderates whose sincere and persistent overtures to the United States have been rebuffed by presidents of both political parties.

He moved to London in 1940, where he did clerical work for the British army and later played concerts for the troops and in factories.

Jackie Walorski of Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, said in a tweet that she supported the lawsuit but wasn’t included on the list due to a clerical error.

Sitting on the current board are two members who previously worked clerical jobs within the department and one who formerly worked inside a prison as a correctional counselor.

It would exclude truck drivers, clerical, maintenance and engineering employees, and supervisors, among others.

Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.

They are meant to show that the Church has adopted a new line of transparency on clerical sex abuse.

There are emails so recent, they call into question just how much of the clerical abuse is still going on.

Instead, Clohessy accuses Cardinal George and dozens of his clerical colleagues of opting to put their own reputations first.

But some reflects the impact of the ever more powerful Clerical regime, whose expansive regulatory power undermines small firms.

The seed of discontent was again germinating under the duplicity of the Spanish lay and clerical authorities.

To give him a party name, he became an anti-clerical, strictly in a political and lawful sense.

Joseph, with his liberal ideas, had attempted to free the people from clerical thraldom.

The clerical staff in all the offices had combined and presented a petition in the highest quarter.

A country squire introduced his baboon, in clerical habits, to say grace.





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