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 (kwĭn-kwĕn′ē-əm, kwĭng-)
n. pl. quin·quen·ni·ums or quin·quen·ni·a (-kwĕn′ē-ə)
A period of five years.

[Latin quīnquennium : quīnque, quinque- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.]


(kwɪnˈkwɛnɪəm) or


n, pl -nia (-nɪə) or archaic -ads (-ˌædz)
a period or cycle of five years
[C17: from Latin quinque five + annus year]


(kwɪnˈkwɛn i əm, kwɪŋ-)

also quin•quen•ni•ad


n., pl. -quen•ni•ums, -quen•ni•a (-ˈkwɛn i ə) also -quen•ni•ads.
a period of five years.
[1615–25; < Latin quīnquennium; see quinque-, biennium]
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Noun1.quinquennium - a period of five years
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"


[kwɪŋˈkwenɪəm] N (quinquennia (pl)) [kwɪŋˈkwenɪə]quinquenio m


n pl <quinquennia> (form)Jahrfünft nt
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The question of women deacons was taken up by multiple quinquennia of the International Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the presidency of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, which concluded that the ordination of women deacons would require a decision of the magisterium, the full teaching office of the church.
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59] Beyond these theological areas of basic Christian faith, the five issues above emerged in the first three quinquennia and define the dialogue, giving it an unmistakable profile.