decretal definition

  • noun:
    • Roman Catholic Church A decree, especially a papal page giving a decision on a spot or concern of canon law.
    • A papal decree.
    • Any decree or pronounced instruction.
    • An authoritative purchase or decree; specially, a letter of this pope, identifying some point or concern in ecclesiastical law. The decretals form the second area of the canon legislation.
    • The collection of ecclesiastical decrees and decisions made, by order of Gregory IX., in 1234, by St. Raymond of Pennafort.
    • An authoritative purchase or decree; particularly, a letter regarding the pope determining some point or concern in ecclesiastical legislation.
    • a novel of decrees or edicts; a body of regulations; specifically [capitalized], when you look at the plural, the 2nd area of the canon law: so called since it provides the decrees of sundry popes deciding points of ecclesiastical law.
  • adjective:
    • Pertaining to a decree.
    • Appertaining to a decree; containing a decree.
  • others:
    • with respect to or of nature of a decree; containing a decree or decrees.
    • complete relating to a decree; decreed; fatal.

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