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decretal

[dih-kreet-l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.
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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The decretals of the Roman Pontiffs were seized for this holy purpose.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

  • Their son, Gaspard Calderino, wrote a commentary on the decretals.

  • His commentaries on the decretals were frequently reprinted.

  • According to the medieval canon law, based on the decretals, and codified in the 13th century in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • In short these decretals carried the papal theocracy far beyond any claims made up to that time by the Popes themselves.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick


British Dictionary definitions for decretals

Decretals

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

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

Word Origin

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