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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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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
(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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(dɪˈkrit l)

1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree.
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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Theology conquered, he had plunged into decretals. From the "Master of Sentences," he had passed to the "Capitularies of Charlemagne;" and he had devoured in succession, in his appetite for science, decretals upon decretals, those of Theodore, Bishop of Hispalus; those of Bouchard, Bishop of Worms; those of Yves, Bishop of Chartres; next the decretal of Gratian, which succeeded the capitularies of Charlemagne; then the collection of Gregory IX.; then the Epistle of
The first auditor whom Messire Miles d'Isliers, doctor in decretals, saw arrive every Monday morning, all breathless, at the opening of the gates of the school of the Chef-Saint-Denis, was Claude Frollo.
Decretals digested, he flung himself upon medicine, on the liberal arts.
Thus, as the gods creep on with feet of wool, Long ere with iron hands they punish men, So shall our sleeping vengeance now arise, And smite with death thy hated enterprise.-- Lord Cardinals of France and Padua, Go forthwith to our holy consistory, And read, amongst the statutes decretal, What, by the holy council held at Trent, The sacred synod hath decreed for him That doth assume the Papal government Without election and a true consent: Away, and bring us word with speed.
'It is therefore clear that, the issue is not the provisions, but the type of security that will serve the interest of both parties, and in doing the best that I can, in the given circumstances, I find that, it will be in the interest of justice to order that half of the decretal sum be deposited in a joint interest earning account as aforesaid and Bollore provide a bank guarantee for the other 50 per cent of the decretal sum.'
In the Local Government Sector the approved projects were Improvement of Infrastructure in Selected Development Authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Provision for Contractors Decretal / Accrued Liabilities and Uncashed Cheques for Construction of Garlat Road Mansehra (01 km) Civil suit of Sakhi Sultan Vs Government of KP.
II, X.V.7.10, and for some useful commentary, see Walter Ullman, 'The Significance of Innocent III's Decretal Vergentis', in Etudes de droit canonique dediees a Gabriel le Bras, 2 vols (Paris: Sirey, 1965), I, pp.
la correspondiente decretal de Juan XXII en la carta enciclica Gloriosam Ecclesiam, de 23 de enero de 1318, editada parcialmente por Pedro GASPARRI (ed.), Codicis Iuris Canonici Fontes, Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, Roma 1922, I, n.
The collection spans more than 16 and a half centuries beginning with a decretal letter of Pope Siricius in A.D.
He claimed that the family has made efforts to be paid behind his back, and took full grant of letters of administration secretly in order to proceed with the case without his knowledge."It is clear that they are trying to be paid the decretal sum, plus interest, behind the advocate's back in order to deprive him of his just dues," he said.
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Por su parte, el Liber Extra recoge una decretal de Inocencio III en la que explica la costumbre romana referida al escrutinio liturgico.