Decretal meaning

dĭ-krēt'l
A decree, especially a papal letter giving a decision on a point or question of canon law.
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Of or containing a decree.
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A decree.
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A decree issued by the pope on some matter of ecclesiastical discipline.
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Any collection of such decrees, formerly a part of canon law.
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Pertaining to a decree.
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A papal decree.
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(now rare) Any decree or pronounced instruction.
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Origin of decretal

Middle English from Old French decretale from Late Latin dēcrētālis fixed by decree from Latin dēcrētum principle, decision decree