Definition of ministerial in English:


Syllabification: min·is·te·ri·al
Pronunciation: /ˌminəˈstirēəl


1Of or relating to a minister of religion.
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  • It is this kind of ecclesiology that will lead to a ministerial leadership and ecclesial structures that will equip believers for their callings.
  • In short, the presbyteral priesthood was at the center of the sacramental understanding of ministerial order.
  • YTM provides theological, spiritual, and ministerial formation both to high-school students and to their teachers and ministers.
2Of or relating to a government minister or ministers: ministerial officials
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  • He has an abundance of political experience, including senior ministerial office, and will relish the challenge of heading the new beefed-up Transport Department.
  • After 15 days, an agreement was reached through which the Lefts and the Greens were excluded from ministerial office, but would keep the government in power.
  • But in light of his political biography there can be no doubt of his preparedness to assume a ministerial office in a Union-led government.
3 archaic Acting as an agent, instrument, or means in achieving a purpose: those uses of conversation which are ministerial to intellectual culture
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  • Bloom saw society as ministerial to the university.
  • For Strauss, then, who closely followed the classics on this subject, foreign policy is ministerial to domestic policy.


mid 16th century: from French ministériel or late Latin ministerialis, from Latin ministerium 'ministry'.



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  • Creationists have nothing against science being used ministerially, i.e. to build on the framework provided by the propositional teachings of Scripture, e.g. to build models to help elucidate Scripture.
  • In that respect, I am disappointed in Parliament, but we will no doubt get another chance to debate it, and it is as it should be that Parliament, ultimately, decides these things, not a bunch of ministerially appointed experts.
  • You cannot separate what you are from what you do; you cannot separate the effect of truth upon your own relationship to God personally from the effect of truth through you ministerially.

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