from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal.
  • adjective Tending to advance or promote; contributive.
  • adjective the benches in the House of Commons occupied by members of the cabinet and their supporters; -- also, the persons occupying them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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