ministerial

adjective

min·​is·​te·​ri·​al ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl How to pronounce ministerial (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a minister or the ministry
2
a
: 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
ministerially adverb

Example Sentences

She holds a ministerial office. They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.
Recent Examples on the Web Several members were chosen for ministerial posts, with Mr. Lamichhane himself appointed deputy prime minister and home minister. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2022 The next ministerial conference was scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, this week and debate on this again. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 Bhutto Zardari also met with Guterres on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of Group of 77, a coalition of 134 mainly developing nations and China, in New York. Munir Ahmed, ajc, 16 Dec. 2022 On Saturday, the Archdiocese of Chicago reinstated Pfleger to ministerial duties following an investigation that began in mid-October. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 11 Dec. 2022 Truss has held six ministerial posts under three prime ministers, including 11 months as foreign minister. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2022 Remarkably, in spite of the evidence of supply shortages and vaccine apartheid, a WTO ministerial declaration issued in June failed to waive any IP barriers. Joseph Stiglitz, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2022 Election officials and experts note that canvassers have a legal and ministerial duty to certify election results and do not have discretion to refuse to certify based on allegations of fraud or investigate those allegations. Detroit Free Press, 10 Nov. 2022 Currently, Feed the Need volunteers continue to raise ministerial funds through the sale of merchandise, food, and refreshments at church events, through community activities, and through the generous donations of church members. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ministerial was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Ministerial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ministerial. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

ministerial

adjective
min·​is·​te·​ri·​al ˌmin-ə-ˈstir-ē-əl How to pronounce ministerial (audio)
: of or relating to a minister or ministry

Legal Definition

ministerial

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