decretal

noun de·cre·tal \ di-ˈkrē-tᵊl , ˈde-kri-tᵊl \

Definition of decretal

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

Origin and Etymology of decretal

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


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