[ min-uh-steer-ee-uhl ]
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  1. pertaining to the ministry of religion, or to a minister or other member of the clergy.

  2. pertaining to a ministry or minister of state.

  1. pertaining to or invested with delegated executive authority.

  2. of ministry or service.

  3. serving as an instrument or means; instrumental.

Origin of ministerial

1555–65; <Late Latin ministeriālis, equivalent to Latin ministeri(um) ministry + -ālis-al1

Other words from ministerial

  • min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • an·ti·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • non·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • non·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • pseu·do·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • qua·si-min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • sem·i·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • un·min·is·te·ri·al, adjective
  • un·min·is·te·ri·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby ministerial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ministerial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ministerial


/ (ˌmɪnɪˈstɪərɪəl) /

  1. of or relating to a minister of religion or his office

  2. of or relating to a government minister or ministry: a ministerial act

  1. (often capital) of or supporting the ministry or government against the opposition

  2. law relating to or possessing delegated executive authority

  3. law (of an office, duty, etc) requiring the following of instructions, without power to exercise any personal discretion in doing so

  4. acting as an agent or cause; instrumental

Derived forms of ministerial

  • ministerially, adverb

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