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catechetical Line breaks: cat¦ech|et¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌkatɪˈkɛtɪk(ə)l/

Definition of catechetical in English:


1Relating to religious instruction given in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation.
Example sentences
  • The various types of traditions were often related by scholars to the diverse needs of the early church - to missionary preaching, to catechetical instruction, to debate with opponents, or to worship.
  • I believe that Anglican Diversity is a strong book for adult catechetical instruction and discussion.
  • The church's catechetical instruction takes many forms, but the most succinct statement of Christian belief, often the primary basis for catechesis, is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed.
1.1Relating to religious teaching by means of questions and answers.
Example sentences
  • MacCulloch further claims that in the wake of Protestant catechetical efforts, ‘Roman Catholics followed suit,’ even though catechisms and catechetical instruction preceded the Reformation.
  • They portrayed catechetical instruction as an authoritarian form of indoctrination that forced children to ‘play the parrot,’ repeating back answers they did not understand.
  • It addresses traditional catechetical topics, such as Christ's incarnation, death and resurrection, as well as contemporary concerns, such as the problem of evil, faith and science, and Christianity's relation to other religions.


Pronunciation: /ˌkatɪˈkɛtɪk/
Example sentences
  • He or she must have three years’ experience in major administrative positions related to catechetic or religious education or five years experience as a parish coordinator.
  • The catechetic program is one of the largest and fastest growing at the university.
  • Most youngsters, she says, get little meaning from the catechetic systems of religious instruction in many parochial schools: ‘One not untypical school, for instance, requires the children to recite the Rosary while they file out for recess.’
Example sentences
  • The Sacrament of Baptism and the Season of Lent are connected catechetically and liturgically.
  • We take very seriously our call to publish theologically and catechetically sound resources that meet the needs of today's Catholic Church.
  • This document is not in itself controversial in nature, but a catechetically edifying commentary for Orthodox Christians.


Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhētikos, from katēkhētēs 'catechist', from katēkhein 'instruct orally' (see catechize).

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