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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.


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


(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.
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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