What does ministerial mean?

Definitions for ministerial
ˌmɪn əˈstɪər i əlmin·is·te·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ministerialadjective

    of or relating to a minister of religion or the minister's office

    "ministerial duties"

  2. ministerialadjective

    of or relating to a government minister or ministry

    "ministerial decree"


  1. ministerialadjective

    Related to a religious minister or ministry.

  2. ministerialadjective

    Related to a governmental minister or ministry.

  3. ministerialadjective

    Having the power to wield delegated executive authority.

  4. ministerialadjective

    Serving as an instrument or means (i.e., procedural or ancillary, not substantive).

    Filling out the form under the direction of a lawyer is a ministerial task performed by a legal secretary.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ministerialadjective

    Etymology: from minister.

    Understanding is required in a man; courage and vivacity in the lion; service, and ministerial officiousness, in the ox. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    From essences unseen, celestial names,
    Enlight’ning spirits, and ministerial flames,
    Lift we our reason to that sovereign cause,
    Who bless’d the whole with life. Matthew Prior.

    For the ministerial officers in court there must be an eye unto them. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Abstinence, the apostle determines, is of no other real value in religion, than as a ministerial cause of moral effects; as it recalls us from the world, and gives a serious turn to our thoughts. John Rogers, Sermons.

    These speeches of Jerom and Chrysostom plainly allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use. Richard Hooker.


  1. ministerial

    Ministerial refers to anything related to a minister or ministry, typically in the context of government or religion. It pertains to the duties, actions, or responsibilities performed or held by a minister. In a broader context, it can also relate to a function that involves following prescribed procedures or instructions rather than requiring discretion, initiative, or decision-making.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ministerialadjective

    of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant

  2. Ministerialadjective

    of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal

  3. Ministerialadjective

    tending to advance or promote; contributive

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ministerial' in Adjectives Frequency: #1028

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ministerial in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ministerial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ministerial in a Sentence

  1. Jolyon Maugham:

    The only real protection we have from government sleaze is an apolitical civil service telling ministers what they can and can not do, yes, we have a ministerial code, we have registers of financial interest. But breaching the ministerial code doesn't mean you'll get sacked. And very few MPs have stopped filling their pockets because of public shame.

  2. Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry:

    After our investigation, it is clear that the facts and law are on Chaplain Modder’s side, chaplain Modder has done nothing more than provide ministerial services in accordance with the precepts of Chaplain Modder faith – which is completely consistent with Navy rules and federal law.

  3. Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari:

    Unless there is a clear prospect for passage of the TPA(trade promotion authority) bill in the United States, we won't be able to conclude the trade talks even if we held a ministerial meeting.

  4. Adam Tooze:

    ...in practice the Reichsbank and the Reich Ministry of Economic Affairs had no intention of allowing the radical activists of the SA, the shopfloor militants of the Nazi party or Gauleiter commissioners to dictate the course of events. Under the slogan of “the strong state”, the ministerial bureaucracy fashioned a new national structure of economic regulation.

  5. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus:

    Out of an abundance of caution, The United States has decided to host the upcoming G7 ministerial virtually by video teleconference instead of gathering in Pittsburgh, March 24-25, we thank the city of Pittsburgh for its willingness to host this year's G7 ministerial and for the support and assistance planning this year's event. We look forward to holding future events there.

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  • ministeri, toimivaltainen, papillinen, avustava, pappis-Finnish

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