Ex-cathedra meaning

ĕks' kə-thē'drə
With the authority derived from one's office or position.

The pope speaking ex cathedra; ex cathedra determinations.

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With the authority that comes from one's rank or office: often specif. with reference to papal pronouncements, on matters of faith or morals, that have authoritative finality.
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With authority based on one's rank or office.
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Origin of ex-cathedra

  • Latin ex cathedrā ex from cathedrā ablative of cathedra chair
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin "from the (teacher's) chair."
    From Wiktionary