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[kuh-lee-juh l, -jee-uh l; for 2 also kuh-lee-gee-uh l]
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  1. collegiate.
  2. of or characterized by the collective responsibility shared by each of a group of colleagues, with minimal supervision from above.
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Origin of collegial

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word collēgiālis. See college, -al1
Related formscol·le·gi·al·ly, adverbsub·col·le·gi·al, adjective
Can be confusedcollegial collegiate
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Related Words for collegial

harmonious, collegial, symbiotic, interdependent, united, concerted, reciprocal, collective, team, common, coefficient, agreeing, collaborative, collusive, combined, synergic, synergistic, coacting, coactive, collaborating

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Historical Examples of collegial

  • Time for reflection and collegial dialogue is necessary to maintain this nursing lens in a period of increasing responsibility.

British Dictionary definitions for collegial


  1. of or relating to a college
  2. having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
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Derived Formscollegially, adverbcollegiality, noun
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Word Origin and History for collegial


mid-14c., from Middle French collégial, from Latin collegialis, from collegium (see college). Related: Collegially; collegiality.

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