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 (prī′mĭt, -māt′)
1. (prī′māt′) Any of various mammals of the order Primates, which consists of the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and apes including humans, and is characterized by nails on the hands and feet, a short snout, and a large brain.
2. A bishop of highest rank in a province or country.

[From New Latin Prīmātēs, order name, from Latin prīmātēs, pl. of prīmās, principal, of first rank, from prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, from Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prīmās, prīmāt-, from Latin.]

pri·ma′tial (-mā′shəl) adj.
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is bound to the primatial function of the Bishop of Rome in the church, that is to the 'sacred' office willed by Christ the Lord for the good of the entire body of the church.
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Abstract: The extent of primatial power is an ancient problem that has ongoing relevance both from an ecumenical standpoint and in the face of the pastoral challenges of evangelization.
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He spoke firmly of the church as 'both monarchical and hierarchical'; the thought that it might be 'both primatial and collegial' did not make an appearance.
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