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 parties are due to negotiate terms for forming a new government in the coming days with one obstacle likely to be the division of ministerial positions. NBC News, "Salvini's power grab backfires as Italy inches toward new government," 29 Aug. 2019 In August 2015, the church demoted her to another ministerial position. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Minister sues Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, says she endured racial and gender harassment," 22 Aug. 2019 And given the number of women in senior ministerial positions, charges of misogyny look pretty silly as well. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Boris in Power," 25 July 2019 On his way home from his prime ministerial office in Beijing, his car was blocked by student protesters. The Economist, "Obituary: Li Peng died on July 22nd," 25 July 2019 Founded in 1989, two decades before M5s, the League (formerly Northern League) held ministerial positions is all three of Silvio Berlusconi’s governments. Julia Webster, Time, "A Radio Station in Italy Finds Itself on the Frontline of a Populist Attack on the Press," 5 July 2019 Abbas had secretly approved the raises, overriding a 2004 law fixing ministerial salaries. Mohammed Daraghmeh, Fox News, "Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned," 20 Aug. 2019 In 2017, Zvezda published a video purporting to show a NATO F-16 jet flying alongside the ministerial plane, before being approached by an Su-27. NBC News, "Russia says it 'chased away' NATO fighter jet near defense minister's plane," 14 Aug. 2019 Swaraj, who was seen as a protégé of veteran BJP politician LK Advani, was among the leaders who were opposed to Modi as a prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Sushma Swaraj, India’s former foreign minister who reached out to people, has passed away," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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