col·​le·​gi·​al·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˌlē-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce collegiality (audio) , -ˌlē-gē-\

Definition of collegiality

: the cooperative relationship of colleagues specifically : the participation of bishops in the government of the Roman Catholic Church in collaboration with the pope

Examples of collegiality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The assumption is that the increased visibility and access workers have to one another will ease the flow of information and enhance learning, well-being, and collegiality. Rachel Morrison, Quartz at Work, "How open-plan offices work against women," 9 Oct. 2019 If the collegiality on display at the new team’s first public outing dissolves, then the executive lineup is likely to become a war of attrition. Washington Post, "Foxconn Game of Thrones Looms as Its King Abdicates," 20 Sep. 2019 Where rejection remains the norm, collegiality was once the reward. New York Times, "Get Out of My Light, Honey. I’m Auditioning Here.," 30 Aug. 2019 Rightly or wrongly, much has been written about women’s empathy and collegiality and how the world would be more peaceful if there were more female heads of state. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "A Cognitive Researcher Explains How Male and Female Brains Aren't So Different," 5 Sep. 2019 And in a spirit of collegiality, UF isn’t ready to blame it on a Miami fan. Larry Barszewski,, "University of Florida band director attacked after Gators victory over Miami Hurricanes," 26 Aug. 2019 San Francisco Opera places a great priority on creating a safe and secure environment where everyone can focus on their work and art, and in which colleagues are treated with respect, dignity and collegiality. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "San Francisco Opera cuts Placido Domingo show amid sexual harassment claims," 13 Aug. 2019 Now, his history of collegiality with racists is being seen by many in his party as a reason to question his judgment - not, as Biden says, a sign of his civility. Author: Matt Viser, Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden faces backlash over comments about ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators," 20 June 2019 If that collegiality breaks down, the result would be no Supreme Court at all—a strangely precarious sword of Damocles that would always loom over the American judiciary. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of collegiality

1887, in the meaning defined above

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