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

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Examples of ministerial in a Sentence

She holds a ministerial office. They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.
Recent Examples on the Web Women, who previously made up a little more than a quarter of the country’s Parliament and 6.5 percent of its ministerial posts, have been excluded from the Taliban’s interim government. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 16 Oct. 2021 For months, Hariri has been complaining that political gridlock is preventing him from naming cabinet members and has specifically blamed Aoun for demanding that ministerial posts be filled with people of his own choice. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Kishida replaced all but two of Suga's 20 Cabinet members and 13 will hold ministerial posts for the first time, according to the lineup announced by new Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 The court has issued decisions about the ministerial exception in recent years, finding in favor of the religious schools. Julie Moreau, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 Winston Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty; his first ministerial appointment since being banished into the political wilderness in 1929. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The ministerial meetings this week include the ASEAN Regional Forum, a security conference where North Korea attends along with the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 After that, silencing the opposition becomes merely a ministerial function. Mario Loyola, National Review, 29 July 2021 The Knesset would then have three weeks to present a prime ministerial candidate. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 15 May 2021

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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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The first known use of ministerial was in 1561

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23 Oct 2021

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“Ministerial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ministerial. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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