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[prez-bi-teer-ee-uh l, pres-]
  1. of or relating to a presbytery.
  2. presbyterian(def 1).
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Origin of presbyterial

First recorded in 1585–95; presbytery + -al1
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Examples from the Web for presbyterial

Historical Examples

  • Not a presbyterial church, for such they do not acknowledge.

    The Divine Right of Church Government

    Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • We at length possess a Presbyterial Court, such as it is, and a form of discipline, such as these disjointed times permit.

  • A few days later I was speaking at a Presbyterial gathering in western Ontario.

  • Every detail of private life could be brought before the presbyterial forum; nobody could feel himself safe.

  • In 1725 he had a missionary catechist at work, and he established a presbyterial library.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

British Dictionary definitions for presbyterial


  1. of or relating to a presbyter or presbyteryAlso: presbyteral (prɛzˈbɪtərəl)
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Derived Formspresbyterially, adverb
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