Definition of clerical in US English:

clerical

adjective

  • 1(of a job or person) concerned with or relating to work in an office, especially routine documentation and administrative tasks.

    ‘temps are always needed for clerical work’
    • ‘Massively behind in her clerical work, Jordan needed help but had no time to interview a slew of applicants.’
    • ‘They also refuse to carry out clerical, administrative and porter duties.’
    • ‘Office ladies are women hired to perform relatively simple clerical and office work.’
    • ‘Caymanians hold the majority of the clerical, secretarial, and lower management jobs.’
    • ‘On top, human resource and clerical duties are, more and more, being shifted onto registered nurses.’
    • ‘In Wales, administrative and clerical support is provided by the National Assembly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In six units midwives spent time away from clinical areas performing clerical duties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So last October she stripped her sales force of all its clerical duties.’
    • ‘But when her health deteriorated, the clerical duties fell on him and he found himself struggling to cope.’
    • ‘Another is much younger and prefers to spend his staff budget on his press secretary and clerical help to answer the mail.’
    • ‘His wife Caroline has worked as a clerical assistant just across the road at the town hall for the same time.’
    • ‘The seemingly obvious answer is for IT to take its own medicine and automate these manual, largely clerical, tasks.’
    office, desk, back-room
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  • 2Relating to the clergy.

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

/ˈklerək(ə)l//ˈklɛrək(ə)l/