col·​le·​gi·​al·​i·​ty kə-ˌlē-jē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce collegiality (audio)
: 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 DeSantis’s reputation for aloofness and lack of collegiality in Tallahassee stands in contrast to Trump’s backslapping personality. Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Bipartisan legislation would be all but impossible without the genuine sense of collegiality between senators. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2023 But 24 hours later, that collegiality appeared to have faded. Nicholas Nehamas,, 2 Sep. 2023 The abrupt move, jointly made by Oregon and Washington, was a grab for more prestige and television money at the expense of a century of tradition and West Coast collegiality. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Whatever the Fed decides to do won’t come without a vigorous debate, and perhaps even a dissent, though the Fed has a tradition of collegiality. Bryan Mena, CNN, 25 July 2023 Crucial to the characters’ adversarial dynamic is an enchantingly mysterious early interaction with Albert Einstein (Tom Conti), a moment that establishes Oppenheimer’s easy collegiality with his fellow great minds. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 One is to have the rest of the court sit in judgment of a ninth who is accused of some transgressions, but the justices are likely to reject such a role for collegiality reasons given the guarantee of lifetime tenure and the size of the court. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 5 May 2023 Her allies, however, say Kruger would bring a collegiality and high-skilled persuasiveness to the high court, a liberal outlook on issues most important to Democrats, but also a fear of court overreach that has marked her out among some of her current state justice colleagues. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collegiality was in 1887

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“Collegiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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