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 (kə-lē′jē-əl, -jəl)
1. Full of or conducive to good will among colleagues; friendly and respectful: an office with a collegial atmosphere.
a. Characterized by or having power and authority vested equally among colleagues: "He ... prefers a collegial harmony that will present him with a consensus on the issues" (Time).
b. Roman Catholic Church Characterized by the equal sharing of power among the bishops.

[Middle English, from Latin collēgiālis, of colleagues, from collēgium, association; see collegium.]

col·le′gi·al·ly adv.
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1. (Education) of or relating to a college
2. having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
colˈlegially adv
colˌlegiˈality n
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(kəˈli dʒəl, -dʒi əl; for 2 also kəˈli gi əl)

1. collegiate.
2. (of colleagues) sharing responsibility in a group endeavor.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin collēgiālis. See college, -al1]
col•le′gi•al•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.collegial - characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues; "collegial harmony"; "a tendency to turn from collegial to one-man management"- Merle Fainsod
2.collegial - of or resembling or typical of a college or college students; "collegiate living"; "collegiate attitudes"; "collegiate clothes"
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Through this association the cardinals, archbishops, and bishops of Canada express their collegial responsibility through collective action to ensure the progress of the Church and the coordination of Catholic activities in Canada." Most Canadian Catholics are not even aware that this organization exists; so news that the CCCB will cut $800,000 to balance its 2005 budget through restructuring, consolidations, and downsizing is hardly earth-shattering, or that the deficit built up over the past few years will be eliminated by adding to the per capita tax that each diocese is assessed to fund the CCCB.
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