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
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.
According to the Guardian: [A] number of ministerial sources did confirm that the PM was concerned enough about introducing such a huge multi-billion pound scheme to insist that the technology must work before it is introduced.
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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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