clerical

adjective
cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) , ˈkle-ri- \

Definition of clerical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy
2 : of or relating to a clerk

clerical

noun

Definition of clerical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of the clergy
3 : clerk
4 clericals plural : clerical garments

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Adjective

clerically \ ˈkler-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clerical (audio) , ˈkle-​ri-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for clerical

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of clerical in a Sentence

Adjective She spent the summer doing clerical work for a lawyer. a member of our clerical staff The mistake was due to a clerical error. Noun some of the state's most prominent clericals have spoken out against the measure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although Butler’s body has not been found, Rodriguez-Cruz, a clerical worker at a substance abuse clinic who had lived in Northern Virginia, was arrested in 2017 by D.C. police in a case built almost entirely on circumstantial evidence. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Three decades after his wife disappeared, a Virginia man admits he killed her," 16 Nov. 2020 Dylan Windler has recovered from his fractured left hand, but a clerical issue -- tied into signing Yogi Ferrell last Monday with a hardship exception -- kept him from suiting up. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cavaliers’ past meets present and future as Collin Sexton bests Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets 147-135 in 2OT," 20 Jan. 2021 In Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, a Muslim clerical council has been included in that nation's vaccine procurement process to ensure that a product is halal, or acceptable for use under Islamic law. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines," 10 Jan. 2021 Sitting on the current board are two members who previously worked clerical jobs within the department and one who formerly worked inside a prison as a correctional counselor. Shannon Heffernan, ProPublica, "The Way Prisoners Flag Guard Abuse, Inadequate Health Care and Unsanitary Conditions Is Broken," 2 Dec. 2020 In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, a Muslim clerical council has been included in that nation's vaccine procurement process to ensure that a product is halal, or acceptable for use under Islamic law. David Crary, ajc, "Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines," 10 Jan. 2021 Professional jobs grew by 481 percent, the number of managers by 568 percent, and clerical employment increased by 1,767 percent. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "The Artist Isn’t Dead," 4 Jan. 2021 But what if our acknowledgment of every new year was merely clerical, like with most any other day? Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "Cancel New Year’s Eve Forever," 28 Dec. 2020 An archdiocesan spokesperson this week said positions taken by the church’s attorneys don’t reflect the beliefs of Aymond or other clerical leaders. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, "Monster in our midst: Despite predatory past, deacon welcomed back to Catholic institutions," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of clerical

Adjective

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clerical was in 1592

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23 Feb 2021

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“Clerical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clerical. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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clerical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clerical

: of or relating to a clerk or office worker
: of or relating to members of the clergy

clerical

adjective
cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) \

Kids Definition of clerical

1 : relating to the clergy The minister wore his clerical collar.
2 : relating to a clerk or office worker the clerical staff

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