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 Normally the relationship between the agencies is collegial and collaborative. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "America’s latest corporate takeover: The Justice Department," 19 Dec. 2019 Sharing living quarters is less expensive, more collegial and definitely more green than living alone. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "7 books to help you freshen up your home and garden decor," 12 Dec. 2019 Less than three weeks out from the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3, the Democratic race’s once collegial tone has deteriorated into dirtier mudslinging. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Warren braces for ‘Pocahontas’ attack from embattled Sanders," 14 Jan. 2020 Today, the threesome's status as elder rock statesmen has granted them a kind of collegial respect not always apparent in the past. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Neil Peart of Rush has died at 67: A tribute to rock's greatest drummer," 10 Jan. 2020 In 1982, his collegial ties to American scientists working in the nascent field of computer networks led him to adopt their standards in his own London research lab. Katie Hafner, New York Times, "Peter Kirstein, Father of the European Internet, Is Dead at 86," 8 Jan. 2020 Anything worn close to the body, from clothes to perfume, should be avoided, along with invites on excursions – like a wine tasting – that could be seen as more romantic than collegial. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Buy a gift for the boss? Here are some do's and don'ts for giving gifts at the office," 12 Dec. 2019 But current and former employees describe what had once been a more open and collegial workplace. New York Times, "‘Big Brother’ in the Sky: Cathay Pacific Workers Feel China’s Pressure," 11 Sep. 2019 For about 20 years the council has encouraged collegial debate, cooperation, and a progressive perspective on climate change. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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