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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.]
1. (Education) of or relating to a college
2. having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues
col•le•gial(kəˈli dʒəl, -dʒi əl; for 2 also kəˈli gi əl)
2. (of colleagues) sharing responsibility in a group endeavor.
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|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"|