ministerial

adjective
min·​is·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl How to pronounce ministerial (audio) \

Definition of ministerial

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a minister or the ministry
2a : being or having the characteristics of an act or duty prescribed by law as part of the duties of an administrative office
b : relating to or being an act done after ascertaining the existence of a specified state of facts in obedience to a legal order without exercise of personal judgment or discretion
3 : acting or active as an agent

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Other Words from ministerial

ministerially \ ˌmi-​nə-​ˈstir-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce ministerially (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ministerial

Synonyms

clerical, clerkly, pastoral, priestly, sacerdotal

Antonyms

lay, nonclerical, secular, temporal

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Examples of ministerial in a Sentence

She holds a ministerial office. They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.

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The vessel had been banned from docking in Italy with a ministerial decree by Italy’s hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Washington Post, "Migrants in Italy boat dispute disembark on Lampedusa," 8 July 2019 That dozen included then-president of the ABA James Silkenat, who, alongside two colleagues, gave the fake ministerial advisor detailed advice on how to wend money into the US system with as little regulatory oversight as possible. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The American Bar Association is fighting Washington’s efforts to tackle money laundering," 1 July 2019 The panel reasoned that Biel was not performing a ministerial function of a church. Maura Dolan, latimes.com, "Torrance Catholic school case leads to rift on 9th Circuit," 25 June 2019 An inter-ministerial panel, tasked with drafting regulations for the sector, has reportedly recommended a complete ban on the sale, purchase, and issuance of cryptocurrencies in India, likening it to a ponzi scheme. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "What are the options for an Indian investor if bitcoin is completely banned?," 21 June 2019 He was baptized in 1975 as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and was very active in both the ministry and in his congregation assignment as a ministerial servant. courant.com, "Harold Lee Barrows," 20 June 2019 In Peru, protection for the bears dates to the adoption, in 1970, of a ministerial resolution that banned their hunting indefinitely. National Geographic, "Poaching threatens South America's only bear species," 31 May 2019 The first secretary of state, Damian Green, a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, was found to have breached the ministerial code of conduct and was forced to resign from the Cabinet in December. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "‘Shocking and abhorrent’ abuse rampant in U.K. Parliament, report says," 15 Oct. 2018 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday hosted a ministerial-level meeting on the sidelines of the assembly to address the plight of the Rohingya, following another hosted by Britain earlier in the week. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Bangladesh point finger at Myanmar for Rohingya 'genocide'," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ministerial

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ministerial

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin ministeriālis "serving in an office (manorial or ecclesiastical)," going back to Late Latin, "serving, performing a duty," from Latin ministerium "activity of a servant, ministry" + -ālis -al entry 1

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ministerial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ministerial

: of or relating to a government minister

ministerial

adjective
min·​is·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl How to pronounce ministerial (audio) \

Legal Definition of ministerial

1 : being or having the characteristics of an act or duty prescribed by law as part of the duties of an administrative office
2 : relating to or being an act done after ascertaining the existence of a specified state of facts in obedience to legal and especially statutory mandate without exercise of personal judgment or discretion — see also mandamus — compare discretionary
3 : relating to a minister or ministry

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