Definition of decretal in English:
A papal decree concerning a point of canon law.
- 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.