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[maj-uh-struh l]
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  1. Pharmacology. prescribed or prepared for a particular occasion, as a remedy.Compare officinal(def 1).
  2. Fortification. principal; main.
  3. magisterial(def 1).
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  1. magistral line.
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Origin of magistral

1565–75; < Latin magistrālis of a master, equivalent to magist(e)r master + -ālis -al1
Related formsmag·is·tral·i·ty, nounmag·is·tral·ly, mag·is·trat·i·cal·ly [maj-uh-strat-ik-lee] /ˌmædʒ əˈstræt ɪk li/, adverb
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Related Words

recommended, arbitrary, ethical, prescriptive, magistral, thetic, thetical

Examples from the Web for magistral

Historical Examples

  • If I discover the magistral force, I shall be able to create.

    The Alkahest

    Honore de Balzac

  • In the quartet, his magistral work, the Hebraic element is only one of several.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • The doctoral and magistral canonries alluded to by Philip afforded a special grievance.

  • And in Les Deux Sœurs the effects of labour entirely vanish, and he once more paints with magistral unconcern.

  • His descriptions have the magistral ampleness of a gesture indicating the sweep of a vast horizon.

British Dictionary definitions for magistral


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a master
  2. pharmacol obsolete made up according to a special prescriptionCompare officinal
  3. fortifications determining the location of other fortificationsthe magistral line
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  1. a fortification in a determining position
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Derived Formsmagistrality (ˌmædʒɪˈstrælɪtɪ), nounmagistratically (ˌmædʒɪˈstrætɪkəlɪ), adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin magistrālis concerning a master, from magister master
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Word Origin and History for magistral


1570s, from Latin magistralis "of a master," from magister "chief, director" (see master (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magistral in Medicine


  1. Prepared as specified by a physician's prescription. Used of medicine.
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