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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.]
(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
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.