Definition of collegialism
: a theory of church polity that defines the church as a society of voluntary members independent of the state, self-governing, and with authority vested in the members
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Origin and Etymology of collegialism
German kollegialismus, from kollegial (from Latin collegialis) + -ismus -ism
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