One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to a dean or deanery.
- ‘He said that if the warning was ignored the College would consider using decanal action to ‘protect the lives’ of students.’
- ‘While these may or may not sound credible, the immense difficulty of sustaining a long-term relationship if your partner is unable to stay in college accommodation without decanal permission, is real and tangible.’
- ‘In academe women's presence is scarce at decanal levels and higher.’
- ‘Oliver Wilson, a third-year New College Law finalist, has received a decanal summons to explain why he sent what university regulations classify as an ‘abusive email’.’
- ‘Like presidents, they return less often to the faculty after their decanal service ends, instead using their deanships as a step upward in an administrative career.’
- 1.1 Relating to or denoting the south side of the choir of a church, the side on which the dean sits.The opposite of cantorial
Early 18th century: from medieval Latin decanalis, from late Latin decanus (see dean).
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