[ kler-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈklɛr ɪ kəl /
advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.: a clerical party.
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.
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Origin of clerical
OTHER WORDS FROM clerical
cler·i·cal·i·ty, nouncler·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·cler·i·cal, adjectivenon·cler·i·cal, adjective, noun
non·cler·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·cler·i·cal, adjectivepro·cler·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·cler·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·cler·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-cler·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-cler·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·cler·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·cler·i·cal·ly, adverbun·cler·i·cal, adjectiveun·cler·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby clerical
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Example sentences from the Web for non-clerical
Many States developed bitter antagonism between clerical and non-clerical parties.Spanish America, Its Romance, Reality and Future, Vol. 1|Charles Reginald Enock
How had Baxter come to be at the Green Sailor, in non-clerical costume?A Bid for Fortune|Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for non-clerical
/ (ˈklɛrɪkəl) /
relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
supporting or advocating clericalism
Derived forms of clericalclerically, adverb
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