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de·cre·tal

 (dĭ-krēt′l)
n. Roman Catholic Church
A decree, especially a papal letter giving a decision on a point or question of canon law.

[Middle English, from Old French decretale, from Late Latin dēcrētālis, fixed by decree, from Latin dēcrētum, principle, decision; see decree.]
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decretal

(dɪˈkriːtəl)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
adj
(Roman Catholic Church) of or relating to a decretal or a decree
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin dēcrētālis; see decree]
deˈcretalist, deˈcretist n
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de•cre•tal

(dɪˈkrit l)

adj.
1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree.
n.
2. a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēcrētālis fixed by decree = Latin dēcrēt(um) decree + -ālis -al1]
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