congregational


con·gre·ga·tion·al

adjective \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

: 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
:  of or relating to a congregation
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
:  of or relating to church government placing final authority in the assembly of the local congregation
con·gre·ga·tion·al·ism \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\ noun often capitalized
con·gre·ga·tion·al·ist \-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun or adjective often capitalized

First Known Use of CONGREGATIONAL

1639

Rhymes with CONGREGATIONAL

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