decretist

noun
de·​cre·​tist | \ -ētə̇st, -ētə̇-\
plural -s

Definition of decretist

: one specializing in the study of decretals : canonist

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History and Etymology for decretist

Middle English decretiste, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin decretista, from Latin decretum decree + -ista -ist

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