- pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.
- a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
- Decretals, the body or collection of such decrees as a part of the canon law.
Origin of decretal
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Examples from the Web for decretal
This was not a decretal commission; it did not bind the Pope or prevent him from revoking the case.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
The decretal letters of the popes were put on a par with Scripture.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science
John William Draper
Why should not the Pope, then, allow the decretal to be put in execution?
He had granted the decretal only to be shown to the King, and then burnt.
He mastered the whole system of decretal lore and made it his guide for the rest of his life.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
- RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
- of or relating to a decretal or a decree
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree