Definition of ministerial
2a : being or having the characteristics of an act or duty prescribed by law as part of the duties of an administrative officeb : 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
ministeriallyplay \-ē-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of ministerial in a Sentence
She holds a ministerial office.
They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.
Recent Examples of ministerial from the Web
Many of its military strongmen and senior ministerial figures, including Vice President Tareck el Aissami, have been accused by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency of drug-trafficking.
Arriving at an EU ministerial meeting on the matter on Tuesday, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn made a play for the EBA, saying his country was already a European financial hub.
Against that backdrop of foreboding, of darker days ahead, of prime ministerial defenestration and a fresh election, of chaos and confusion, what meaning is there in a state visit?
A ministerial group from some Louisville neighborhoods hardest hit by the violence offered its own plan to combat the crime wave.
Last week, several ministerial buildings were damaged in the capital Brasilia -- including the Ministry of Agriculture, which was set on fire.
This month, the ministerial internship program at the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., commissioned the groom’s father to become a pastor.
The conference call is supposed to be of ministerial level, with the French attendee expected to be secretary general for defense and national security Louis Gautier.
France ranks first in the world, along with Bulgaria and Nicaragua, for the highest proportion of women in ministerial positions, at more than 52%, UN Women data shows.
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First Known Use of ministerial
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Definition of ministerial for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a government minister
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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