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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Other Words from ministerial

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ministerial

Synonyms

clerical, clerkly, pastoral, priestly, sacerdotal

Antonyms

lay, nonclerical, secular, temporal

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Examples of ministerial in a Sentence

She holds a ministerial office. They function in a ministerial capacity in the embassy.

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The Horn of Africa power joins a handful of countries, mostly European, where women make up 50 percent or more of ministerial positions, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and U.N. Women. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense," 16 Oct. 2018 Paolo Savona, an 81-year-old euroskeptic economist originally touted for the economic post, could still be a member of their government but could occupy a different ministerial position, Mr. Di Maio said. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s President Searches for Solution to Political Impasse," 30 May 2018 Princess Ubolratana, the elder sister of Thailand's king, agreed to run in national elections next month as an opposition party's prime ministerial candidate, pitting herself against the ruling military junta. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Party That Pushed Princess for Prime Minister Is Threatened With Dissolution," 13 Feb. 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to attend the General Assembly's ministerial session, along with Zarif. Fox News, "Iran minister criticizes Trump for focusing on Iran at UN," 6 Sep. 2018 But Mattarella’s actions prompted previous members of the Constitutional Court — the Italian equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court — to contest the president’s power to veto a ministerial appointment because of a candidate’s political views. Filippo Tronconi, Washington Post, "Italy has a new populist government — and a new constitutional headache," 1 June 2018 The ministerial committee, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, will report its final recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Aijaz Hussain, The Seattle Times, "Indian mob lynches woman on rumors of child kidnapping," 23 July 2018 The 68-year-old Sharif remains banned from politics, but Friday’s verdict also disqualifies his daughter, who had emerged as a possible prime ministerial candidate. Aoun Sahi, latimes.com, "Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif sentenced to prison in corruption case that could tilt coming election," 6 July 2018 Photographer: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images Mahathir applauds after he was elected the opposition's prime ministerial candidate during the four-party coalition Pact of Hope convention on Jan. 7, 2018. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 14 May 2018

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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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ministerial

adjective

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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