Definition of Decretal

1. a. Appertaining to a decree; containing a decree; as, a decretal epistle.



2. n. An authoritative order or decree; especially, a letter of the pope, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law. The decretals form the second part of the canon law.

Definition of Decretal

1. Adjective. Pertaining to a decree. ¹

2. Noun. A papal decree. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) Any decree or pronounced instruction. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decretal

1. a papal edict [n -S]

Medical Definition of Decretal

1. 1. An authoritative order or decree; especially, a letter of the pope, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law. The decretals form the second part of the canon law. 2. The collection of ecclesiastical decrees and decisions made, by order of Gregory IX, in 1234, by St. Raymond of Pennafort. Origin: LL. Decretale, neut. Of L. Decretalis. See Decretal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Decretal

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1. Readings in European History: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources by James Harvey Robinson (1904)
"The decretal of Siricius(38s) the first authentic example of a papal decree. The bishop of Rome assumes his right to issue decrees binding upon other ..."

2. The County Courts Equitable Jurisdiction Act: With the Orders and Rules for by James Edward Davis (1865)
"decretal order shall direct who shall have the conduct of the sale, ... Where a decretal order directs any personal property sonai'pr'o? ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"The present application went farther, as it was sought to discharge a decretal order on motion; the grounds of rejection, therefore, were still stronger. ..."

4. Reeves' History of the English Law: From the Time of the Romans, to the End by John Reeves, William Francis Finlason (1869)
"The foundation of the canon law is laid in the decrees of councils, and in the rescripts, or decretal epistles of the popes to questions propounded upon ..."

5. Anne Boleyn: A Chapter of English History. 1527-1536 by Paul G. Friedmann (1884)
"The decretal. warn l" The legate on his arrival—acting according to his ... Campeggio showed the decretal to Henry and Wolsey, as he had been directed to do ..."

6. History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century by Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1879)
"The pope, pressed by Henry VIII. and intimidated by the armies of Francis I., had granted the decretal and despatched Campeggio. But, on a sudden, ..."

7. The Jurist by Great Britain, Great Britain Courts (1866)
"Where real property is ordered to be sold, the decretal order shall direct who shall have tho conduct of the sale, and by whom the conditions and contracts ..."

8. A Treatise on the Practice of the Court of Chancery by John Sidney Smith (1835)
"PROCEEDINGS TO CORRECT OR VARY A DECREE OR A decretal ORDER. IF there is error in a decree or in a decretal order, or if any of the parties are dissatisfied ..."

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