Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a department or division, as of a country.
  • Of or pertaining to a department or branch, as of a government, a manufacturing or business undertaking or concern, public office, and the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to a department or division.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to a department.

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  • adjective of or relating to a department

Etymologies

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department +‎ -al

Examples

  • The fellow is expected to attend and participate in departmental research conferences.

    Fellowship Educational Experiences

  • Obviously I'll side with Trudie on a lot (most) issues in departmental meetings, but I'm not sure how much good that will do, either, given that we're both untenured and new to the department.

    Disorganization Station

  • Obviously I'll side with Trudie on a lot (most) issues in departmental meetings, but I'm not sure how much good that will do, either, given that we're both untenured and new to the department.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • As a young assistant professor naïve in departmental politics I was quite vulnerable, and had a difficult time during my subsequent years at Michigan.

    Carl E. Wieman - Autobiography

  • The scripts were allegedly found by members of the public who then called departmental officials.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is alleged that Gasa called her departmental employees as

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is alleged that Gasa called her departmental employees as

    ALLEGATIONS OF WITCHCRAFT IN THE MINISTER'S OFFICE

  • If we could find instances of what we may call departmental kings of nature, that is of persons supposed to rule over particular elements or aspects of nature, they would probably present a closer analogy to the King of the Wood than the divine kings we have been hitherto considering, whose control of nature is general rather than special.

    Chapter 8. Departmental Kings of Nature

  • These, then, are examples of what I have called departmental kings of nature.

    Chapter 8. Departmental Kings of Nature

  • These, then, are examples of what I have called departmental kings of nature.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

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  • Pronunciation oddity: the first syllable is long. You'd expect it to be short as in department, developmental. I thought this might be a recent development, but the OED only gives the pronunciation with i:.

    July 7, 2010