decretal

[dih-kreet-l]
noun
  1. a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
  2. Decretals, the body or collection of such decrees as a part of the canon law.

Origin of decretal

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēcrētālis fixed by decree, equivalent to dēcrēt(um) decree + -ālis -al1
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decretal

noun
  1. RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
adjective
  1. of or relating to a decretal or a decree
Derived Formsdecretalist, noun

Word Origin for decretal

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree
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