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
- 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 d&emacron;cr&emacron;talis, fixed by decree, from Latin d&emacron;cr&emacron;tum, principle, decision; see decree.
(comparative more decretal, superlative most decretal)
- Pertaining to a decree.
From Middle French decretal, from Latin dēcrētālis.