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[kuh n-sil-ee-er]
  1. of, relating to, or issued by a council.
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Origin of conciliar

1650–60; < Latin concili(um) council + -ar1
Related formscon·cil·i·ar·ly, adverbpre·con·cil·i·ar, adjective
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Examples from the Web for conciliar

Historical Examples

  • While churchmen directed the councils of the nation, the conciliar action of the Church ceased altogether.

    The English Church in the Middle Ages

    William Hunt

  • The growth of conciliar prerogatives tended to advance the development of papal authority.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

  • For the deposition of Eugenius was either a rightful and valid exercise of conciliar authority or it was not.

  • Their heroic attempt to secure reform from withinmade in the great Conciliar movementdefinitely failed.

  • The history of medival heresy takes us as far as the Conciliar movement.

British Dictionary definitions for conciliar


  1. of, from, or by means of a council, esp an ecclesiastical one
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Derived Formsconciliarly, adverb
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