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

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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 So the Senate is a very collegial place, at least for most people most of the time. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, "Five Questions for Senator Ron Johnson," 1 Apr. 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a virtual meeting with senior United Nations officials in a collegial display orchestrated as Chinese officials reject the significance of American statements about human rights. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "UN chief salutes ‘crucial’ US human rights advocacy as tensions with China rise," 29 Mar. 2021 For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K. and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Talk' Fans Have So Many Questions About the Show's Future," 22 Mar. 2021 For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The Talk‘s Sharon Osbourne Has Been Accused Of Calling Co-Host Julie Chen Racist Names," 17 Mar. 2021 For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Lisa Respers France And Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Sharon Osbourne felt like a 'sacrificial lamb' in 'The Talk' dispute," 17 Mar. 2021 For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K. and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Michael O'connell, Billboard, "Sharon Osbourne Under Fire for On-Set Behavior at 'The Talk'," 16 Mar. 2021 For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K. and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Sharon Osbourne accused of racist and 'toxic' behavior at The Talk," 16 Mar. 2021 Sources describe the conference as collegial and constructive, with Cox clearly in charge. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exclusive: Inside the secret meeting at the governor’s mansion that saved Utah’s signature path for candidates," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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“Collegial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collegial. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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