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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a department.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a department or division.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.

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  • adj. of or relating to a department


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department +‎ -al


  • 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

  • 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


  • 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.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • October, which unveiled average 19% real-terms departmental cuts, with welfare benefits facing the largest share of a $109.5bn deflationary squeeze.

    The Guardian World News

  • ■ Reporter calls departmental media officer, saying she has additional questions.

    Media Channel 2.0

  •   A friend-of-a-friend type thing, some neighbor's sister's son, a programmer for the NSA who started a whisper campaign about border closings and civilian flight restrictions — and “dragnetting,” whatever that meant — after he was downsized in some kind of departmental shake-up.

    The Perimeter


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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