Definition of congregational
1 : of or relating to a congregation
2 capitalized : of or relating to a body of Protestant churches deriving from the English Independents of the 17th century and affirming the essential importance and the autonomy of the local congregation
3 : of or relating to church government placing final authority in the assembly of the local congregation
congregationalismplay \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\ noun, often capitalized
congregationalistplay \-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun or adjective, often capitalized
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CONGREGATIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of congregational for English Language Learners
: involving or done by the people who attend religious services : relating to a congregation
Congregational : relating to a group of Christian churches that believe that the people who attend each church should make their own decisions, rules, etc.
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