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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collegially adverb

Examples of collegial in a Sentence

company luncheons that are designed to instill a collegial spirit among coworkers

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But as the ways of receiving news changed, my job changed, duties revised, and the pleasure of being first was replaced with the collegial pleasure of being a team member ... and the egotistical, vain and delicious pleasure of being read. Leah Garchik,, "Having located the Exit sign, I am proceeding to the exit," 20 June 2019 Biden should not pretend that his collegial nature and history with some of these guys will overcome very bad habits developed over a generation. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: Trump to Kim, I’m with you, not the CIA," 14 June 2019 Other research suggests that the presence of dogs can facilitate collegial conversations. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The most dog-friendly offices in the US, according to," 12 June 2019 Asquith’s collegial leadership was far more effective during peacetime than during war, which reminds us all that style must suit situation. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Politics and Policy," 10 Dec. 2018 Boys come and go, variously combative, flirtatious, and collegial, and there always seems to be someone on hand with a camera to post videos later in the day. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Skate Kitchen Is Chock-Full of Memorable Characters," 10 Aug. 2018 For that minute, editors, buyers, photographers and celebrities muted the collegial chatter that fills in-between moments during the month of fashion shows. Rory Satran, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most—and Least—Intriguing Women’s Trends for 2019," 8 Mar. 2019 Joann is what all of us aspire to be—relentless, blunt, persistent, honest, collegial, exhaustive and exhausting—and, of course, a scoop machine. Matt Murray, WSJ, "Honoring Joann Lublin: Recipient of the 2018 Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award," 26 June 2018 More and more, women are understanding the power of collaboration, even Republicans with Democrats reaching across the aisle and talking to each other in a collegial way, and learning from each other, and helping from each other. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Jane Fonda on the Joys of a Steady Job, Her Love of All Things French, and Why the Midterms Gave Her Hope," 16 Nov. 2018

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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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