de·​cre·​tal di-ˈkrē-tᵊl How to pronounce decretal (audio)
: decree
especially : a papal letter giving an authoritative decision on a point of canon law

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin decretalis of a decree, from Latin decretum decree

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decretal was in the 14th century

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“Decretal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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