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 Friendship and collegiality confer a certain amount of benign politeness. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: DNA discoveries unearth family secrets and ethical dilemmas," 12 Feb. 2020 There are a handful of senators who are trying to uphold the old norms of collegiality and at least occasional bipartisan cooperation. Caron Creighton,, "Bay Briefing: 49ers bound for Super Bowl," 20 Jan. 2020 But these days, exchanges of work between contemporaries tend to be less purely motivated by acquisition and arise more naturally from feelings of collegiality. New York Times, "Cash, Credit or Painting? How, and Why, Artists Exchange Work," 8 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of collegiality

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Collegiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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