decretal

noun
de·​cre·​tal | \ di-ˈkrē-tᵊl How to pronounce decretal (audio) , ˈde-kri-tᵊl\

Definition of decretal

: decree especially : a papal letter giving an authoritative decision on a point of canon law

First Known Use of decretal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decretal

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

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