ministerial

adjective min·is·te·ri·al \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstir-ē-əl \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018
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

play \-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

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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Origin and Etymology of 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 1-al

MINISTERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

ministerial

  • : of or relating to a government minister


Law Dictionary

ministerial

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