collegial

adjective
col·​le·​gial | \ kə-ˈlē-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce collegial (audio) , especially for sense 2a also -ˈlē-gē-əl \

Definition of collegial

2a : marked by power or authority vested equally in each of a number of colleagues There was an increasing tendency to turn from collegial to one-man management.— Merle Fainsod
b : characterized by equal sharing of authority especially by Roman Catholic bishops a collegial church
3 : marked by camaraderie among colleagues collegial relationships among faculty members

Other Words from collegial

collegially adverb

Examples of collegial in a Sentence

company luncheons that are designed to instill a collegial spirit among coworkers
Recent Examples on the Web Her testimony before Ohio’s House Government Oversight Committee remained collegial through most of Wednesday’s hearing, although lawmakers’ passions flared while discussing her bill’s lack of a rape exception. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 More than two hours into the 94th Academy Awards, the show was running long, but the atmosphere was congenial and collegial. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Perhaps Emeryville’s most distinctive feature is its collegial City Council, Vice Mayor Ally Medina suggested. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 Along the way, the two forged a collegial complicity. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Seattle’s local politics have traditionally been collegial. John Carlson, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Democrats argued the legislation could have chilling impact on Florida corporations and businesses that strive to foster collegial workplaces through diversity trainings. Tim Craig, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Mar. 2022 Democrats argued the legislation could have chilling impact on Florida corporations and businesses that strive to foster collegial workplaces through diversity trainings. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 But there were always controls, in the form of a czarist dynasty with a traditional aristocracy, or a Communist Party with a collegial Politburo, to moderate the behavior of the person at the top. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of collegial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collegial

see college

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6 May 2022

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“Collegial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collegial. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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