- of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks: a clerical job.
- doing the work of a clerk or clerks: a clerical assistant; a clerical staff.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy: clerical garb.
- advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.: a clerical party.
- a cleric.
- clericals, Informal. clerical garments.
- a person or a party advocating the power or influence of the church in politics, government, etc.
- a person who does clerical work; office worker; clerk.
- Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.
Origin of clerical
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Related Words for non-clericalsecular, civil, materialistic, worldly, ordinary, temporal, material, lay, profane, inexpert, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, earthly, laic, nonreligious
Examples from the Web for non-clerical
Historical Examples of non-clerical
How had Baxter come to be at the Green Sailor, in non-clerical costume?A Bid for Fortune
Many States developed bitter antagonism between clerical and non-clerical parties.Spanish America, Its Romance, Reality and Future, Vol. 1
Charles Reginald Enock
- relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
- of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
- supporting or advocating clericalism
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