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Meaning of DECRETAL

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*cre"tal\, a. [L. decretalis, fr. decretum. See
    {Decree}.]
    Appertaining to a decree; containing a decree; as, a decretal
    epistle. --Ayliffe.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 

 

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