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congregational

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adjective con·gre·ga·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of congregational

  • : involving or done by the people who attend religious services : relating to a congregation

  • Congregational : relating to a group of Christian churches that believe that the people who attend each church should make their own decisions, rules, etc.

Full Definition of congregational

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a congregation

  2. 2 capitalized :  of or relating to a body of Protestant churches deriving from the English Independents of the 17th century and affirming the essential importance and the autonomy of the local congregation

  3. 3 :  of or relating to church government placing final authority in the assembly of the local congregation

con·gre·ga·tion·al·ism play \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\ noun often capitalized
con·gre·ga·tion·al·ist play \-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun or adjective often capitalized

1639

First Known Use of congregational

1639

Rhymes with congregational


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