col·le·gial | \kə-ˈlē-j(ē-)əl, 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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Examples of collegial in a Sentence

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

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There was a great collegial spirit in that room. . . Author: Michael Birnbaum, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump demands immediate spending increases by NATO nations or he will ‘do his own thing’," 12 July 2018 One former Fox executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the relationship between the entertainment and news divisions was always collegial. Stephen Battaglio,, "Fox rift widens as 'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan and others blast news coverage of immigration," 20 June 2018 The collegial atmosphere there meant the two socialized together more than ever, and after two months, Nick found the courage to ask Ashley to join him at Lancaster Brewing Co. — just the two of them., "Philadelphia weddings: Ashley Carnes-Carelock and Nicholas Lucente," 15 June 2018 Does that tend to create a more collegial environment on the men's side that doesn't happen for the women? Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: The Curious Case of Novak Djokovic," 6 June 2018 Through this collegial dialogue, St. Frances understands that Calvert Hall’s decision with respect to football was based solely on concerns for the safety of its students. Katherine Dunn,, "St. Frances football to play national schedule this fall, issues joint statement with Calvert Hall," 6 June 2018 Mizzou is a bastion of free speech, hosting speakers representing all sides—from Ben Shapiro to Angela Davis—and every speaker has presented their views to students in a collegial manner. WSJ, "Mizzou Has Learned From Its Past Mistakes," 21 June 2018 Fun benefits like boot camp classes, free lunch during busy season and massages make the company environment collegial and collaborative. Jessica Levy,, "Quality furniture helps students thrive at School Outfitters," 8 June 2018 Over the years, Kennedy developed a collegial relationship with King and other moderate black leaders. Alice George, Smithsonian, "On the Eve of his Death, Robert Kennedy Was a Whirlwind of Empathy and Internal Strife," 7 June 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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