a church court in ecclesiastical matters, presided over by members of the clergy and usually having no compulsory jurisdiction.
- Also called court Christian.
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How to use ecclesiastical court in a sentence
The local authorities at once took high ground, and put twelve of the recusants into the ecclesiastical court.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
We in our country consider that your ecclesiastical court is a most remarkable institution for a Christian land.Piccadilly | Laurence Oliphant
"The ecclesiastical court is a court of discipline and doctrine rather than of law," said Dickiefield.Piccadilly | Laurence Oliphant
There was no ecclesiastical court and, therefore, no source of authority to which dissatisfied couples might turn.Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century | Annie Lash Jester
It's quite a different thing to stand up before an ecclesiastical court and answer a string of questions about nebulous things.Lalage's Lovers | George A. Birmingham