from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to a congregation.
- adjective Of or relating to Congregationalism or Congregationalists.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to a congregation: as, congregational singing.
- Eccles., pertaining to government by congregations; governed by its own congregation, as a church; specifically (with a capital), pertaining to Congregationalism as a denominational designation: as, the congregational polity of the Baptists; the Congregational churches of the United States.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to a congregation; conducted, or participated in, by a congregation.
- adjective Belonging to the system of Congregationalism, or to Congregationalist; holding to the faith and polity of Congregationalism.
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- adjective Of or pertaining to a
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective of or pertaining to or characteristic of a Congregational church
- adjective relating to or conducted or participated in by a congregation
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