Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a minister of religion or of the ministry.
  • adj. Of or relating to administrative and executive duties and functions of government.
  • adj. Law Of, relating to, or being a mandatory act or duty admitting of no personal discretion or judgment in its performance.
  • adj. Acting or serving as an agent; instrumental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to a religious minister or ministry.
  • adj. Related to a governmental minister or ministry.
  • adj. Having the power to wield delegated executive authority.
  • adj. Serving as an instrument or means (i.e., procedural or ancillary, not substantive).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal.
  • adj. Tending to advance or promote; contributive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Performing service; ministering or ministrant; subservient; subsidiary.
  • Of or pertaining to a minister or ministry of state; belonging to executive as distinguished from legislative or judicial office: as, ministerial functions.
  • Pertaining to the office, character, or habits of a clergyman; clerical: as, ministerial garments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a minister of religion or the minister's office
  • adj. of or relating to a government minister or ministry

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Examples

  • He addressed two issues — exchange rates and fiscal strategies — expected to take center stage in ministerial meetings around the International Monetary Fund's annual gathering this week and ahead of the Group of 20 summits in coming weeks.

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  • We need help from United Nations regarding this matter and discussion is very urgent in ministerial level.

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  • What is characteristic was a notable level of party self-interest evident in ministerial decision-making (especially in regard to the timing and method of counts and the design of ballot papers).

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  • A few days later as I returned from town I saw a tall man in ministerial garb coming from the house next door.

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  • A man in ministerial garb, who sat in the section opposite me, came across the aisle and, sitting down beside me, undertook to quiet Baby.

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  • He believes working on a long-term ministerial alliance -- not just one to meet during the summer months

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  • They also emphasised the importance of being able to count on long-term ministerial action, in contrast to what had become the norm since 1999.

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  • Under what's known as the "ministerial exception," all 12 federal circuits have in recent decades said no, recognizing some level of autonomy for hiring decisions within the church.

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  • "When the production is comfortable, that is the right time to take a view on freeing control," he said, adding that the finance minister is expected to soon call a ministerial panel's meeting to discuss the issue.

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  • The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday on the so-called "ministerial exemption" to employment discrimination laws on Wednesday, finding that churches are allowed to discriminate.

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