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decretal


decretal


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decretal  \De*cre"tal\,  a.  [L.  decretalis  fr  decretum  See 
  {Decree}.] 
  Appertaining  to  a  decree;  containing  a  decree;  as  a  decretal 
  epistle.  --Ayliffe. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decretal  \De*cre"tal\,  n.  [LL.  decretale,  neut.  of  L. 
  decretalis  See  {Decretal},  a.] 
  1.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  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.  (Canon  Law)  The  collection  of  ecclesiastical  decrees  and 
  decisions  made  by  order  of  Gregory  IX.,  in  1234,  by  St 
  Raymond  of  Pennafort