decretal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French decretal, from Latin dēcrētālis.

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Adjective[edit]

decretal (comparative more decretal, superlative most decretal)

  1. Pertaining to a decree.
    • Chase v. Turner, 560 So. 2d 1317, 1320 (Fla. 1st DCA 1990):
      [T]his finding, when read in conjunction with the other findings, as well as decretal portions of the final judgment, is more logically interpreted as a reference to the successful operation of the business...

Noun[edit]

decretal (plural decretals)

  1. A papal decree.
  2. (now rare) Any decree or pronounced instruction.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix:
      picturals / Of Magistrates, of courts, of tribunals, / Of commen wealthes, of states, of pollicy, / Of lawes, of iudgements, and of decretals [...].

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