ministerial

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adjective min·is·te·ri·al \ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl\

Definition of ministerial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a minister or the ministry

  2. 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. 3 :  acting or active as an agent

ministerially

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Examples of ministerial in a Sentence

  1. She holds a ministerial office.

  2. They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.

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1561

First Known Use of ministerial

1561


MINISTERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

ministerial

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Definition of ministerial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a government minister


Law Dictionary

ministerial

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adjective min·is·te·ri·al \ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl\

Legal Definition of ministerial

  1. 1 :  being or having the characteristics of an act or duty prescribed by law as part of the duties of an administrative office

  2. 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. 3 :  relating to a minister or ministry



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