of or containing a decree
Origin of decretalMiddle English from Late Latin decretalis
- a decree
- a decree issued by the pope on some matter of ecclesiastical discipline
- [usually pl.] any collection of such decrees, formerly a part of canon law
nounRoman Catholic Church
A decree, especially a papal letter giving a decision on a point or question of canon law.
Origin of decretalMiddle English from Old French decretale from Late Latin dēcrētālis fixed by decree from Latin dēcrētum principle, decision ; see decree .
(comparative more decretal, superlative most decretal)
- Pertaining to a decree.
From Middle French decretal, from Latin dēcrētālis.