Definition of decretal in English:

decretal

Line breaks: de|cre¦tal
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkriːt(ə)l
 
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noun

A papal decree concerning a point of canon law.
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  • But those writings were condemned as spurious in the decretals attributed to Pope Gelasius at the end of the fifth century.
  • Elsewhere on my site there is an example of a decretal from such an early collection.
  • The new collection of decretals had an immediate diffusion and between 1250 and 1350 many copies were produced in the universities of northern Italy and France.

adjective

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Of the nature of a decree.
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  • Findings of fact and conclusions of law that do not contain decretal language are not appealable.
  • The presidential decretal law no.33 of 1992 regarded salaries and rewards for armed forces and security.

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin decretale, neuter of decretalis (adjective), from Latin decret- 'decided', from the verb decernere.

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