decretal

[ dih-kreet-l ]
/ dɪˈkrit l /
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adjective

pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.

noun

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

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

/ (dɪˈkriːtəlz) /

pl n

RC Church a compilation of decretals, esp the authoritative compilation (Liber Extra) of Gregory IX (1234) which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici

British Dictionary definitions for decretals (2 of 2)

decretal

/ (dɪˈkriːtəl) /

noun

RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law

adjective

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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