Definition of clerical in English:

clerical

adjective

  • 1Concerned with or relating to work in an office, especially routine documentation and administrative tasks.

    ‘a clerical assistant’
    ‘clerical duties’
    • ‘So last October she stripped her sales force of all its clerical duties.’
    • ‘On top, human resource and clerical duties are, more and more, being shifted onto registered nurses.’
    • ‘Office ladies are women hired to perform relatively simple clerical and office work.’
    • ‘The clerical and administration workers, mostly women, are fighting to win a higher grade and improve their poverty pay.’
    • ‘Given the essentially clerical nature of this task, this ought to have provided a relatively speedy system.’
    • ‘The work tasks varied from foundry work and heavy engineering to precision engineering and clerical and administrative work.’
    • ‘Caymanians hold the majority of the clerical, secretarial, and lower management jobs.’
    • ‘His wife Caroline has worked as a clerical assistant just across the road at the town hall for the same time.’
    • ‘They also refuse to carry out clerical, administrative and porter duties.’
    • ‘In Wales, administrative and clerical support is provided by the National Assembly.’
    • ‘In six units midwives spent time away from clinical areas performing clerical duties.’
    • ‘However they represent more than two-thirds of clerical and staff officers.’
    • ‘One result was to grade hospital information technology staff on administration and clerical scales.’
    • ‘Under the reforms, support assistants took over 24 clerical and routine tasks from teachers when the new term began last week.’
    • ‘Another is much younger and prefers to spend his staff budget on his press secretary and clerical help to answer the mail.’
    • ‘Those fortunate enough to have the necessary education have gone on to clerical and other white collar jobs.’
    • ‘The State Department says clerical and administrative errors led to the mistake.’
    • ‘But when her health deteriorated, the clerical duties fell on him and he found himself struggling to cope.’
    • ‘The seemingly obvious answer is for IT to take its own medicine and automate these manual, largely clerical, tasks.’
    • ‘Massively behind in her clerical work, Jordan needed help but had no time to interview a slew of applicants.’
    office, desk, back-room
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  • 2Relating to the clergy.

    ‘he was still attired in his clerical outfit’
    • ‘Again, a culture of secrecy develops, one that is carried over into the larger clerical culture.’
    • ‘The only thing that has changed is the capacity of the clerical culture to sustain the duplicity.’
    • ‘They required that relatives and friends, both lay and clerical, obtain written permission to visit.’
    • ‘The reformers reacted against the clerical abuse of power, and rightly so.’
    • ‘This shift is most striking in the more clerical churches, the Anglican and Roman Catholic.’
    • ‘It is in this chapel that the first conversation about clerical office begins.’
    • ‘The women are taking over priestly and clerical duties, such as chaplaincies.’
    • ‘As many have observed, clerical and especially episcopal accountability is a complex matter.’
    • ‘Still, such men could use their gifts in carrying on authentic and fruitful clerical ministries.’
    • ‘There is a huge difference between clerical reform of the church and lay renewal of the church.’
    • ‘It is not difficult to see why Gregory and his supporters denounced both lay proprietorship and clerical marriage.’
    • ‘He wore the clerical robes of a priest, but there was something not quite right about his getup.’
    • ‘In all of this scandal, a great deal has been made of clerical culture.’
    • ‘Similar developments were evident in the incomes of the lesser princes and lords, both lay and clerical.’
    • ‘Society is too different, the needs of the church have changed, and the regime of clerical prestige is gone.’
    • ‘The question that must be asked is what in the clerical culture itself leads to this kind of debacle in the first place.’
    • ‘The clerical monopoly was broken; from now on every man and woman could be their own interpreter.’
    • ‘Evangelism, instruction, leadership and even prayer, are thought of as clerical functions.’
    • ‘She does not make a point of calling attention to her status by the use of either titles or clerical garb.’
    • ‘It seems to me, if clerical culture needs to be broken up and exposed to the light, that would just about do it.’
    ecclesiastical, church, priestly, pastoral, religious, spiritual, prelatic, apostolic, canonical, parsonical
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Origin

Late 15th century (in clerical (sense 2)): from ecclesiastical Latin clericalis, from clericus ‘clergyman’ (see cleric).

Pronunciation

clerical

/ˈklɛrɪk(ə)l/