Definition of conciliar in US English:



  • Relating to or proceeding from a council, especially an ecclesiastical one.

    ‘conciliar decrees’
    • ‘Later writings were directed not so much by new biblical interpretations as by long accepted conciliar traditions, and inspired, too, by philosophical reasoning.’
    • ‘The conciliar document provided the most expansive conception of the church's public role of any teaching document since the Reformation.’
    • ‘As Archbishop of Krakow and for twenty - four years as pope, he has relentlessly pressed the conciliar reforms touching on almost every aspect of the Church's faith and life.’
    • ‘The church, a conciliar, sacred communion, accepts and sanctifies the icon.’
    • ‘It would be difficult to find in the conciliar documents a hint that Mary was no longer fashionable, but, in sad truth, we hear little about her these days.’
    • ‘The work of the council was spread over four years, and bore fruit in the form of 16 conciliar texts.’
    • ‘Does the historic episcopate imply or necessitate a conciliar way of decision-making, rather than an individualistic one?’
    • ‘For an older generation, the conciliar experience was profoundly liberating.’
    • ‘Thus the pre-conciliar legalism reappears in a post-conciliar form.’
    • ‘Eventually bastard feudalism was curbed, though not abolished, by Henry VII's conciliar jurisdiction and his statute of 1504, which prohibited retaining without royal licence.’
    • ‘Other conciliar courts abolished in 1641 included Star Chamber, High Commission, Requests, and - more by chance than design - the Regional Councils of the north and in the marches of Wales.’
    • ‘It is, as is to be expected in an encyclical, a reprise of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist, drawing richly on scriptural, patristic, and conciliar sources.’
    • ‘Bonds with Rome had been strengthened, as the Holy See summoned the meetings, suggested agenda, and approved conciliar decrees.’
    • ‘The new levels of pastoral involvement stemmed in the first place from new ecclesiology implicit in much of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of 1964 and in later conciliar documents.’
    • ‘Thus they must reject that conciliar document and not just its implementation.’
    • ‘Is a recently written Eucharistic prayer, composed by a couple of self-proclaimed experts, a better statement of tradition than a conciliar creed which was itself an innovation in the patristic era?’
    • ‘One implication of the conciliar decree deserves to be noted especially.’
    • ‘The radical democratizing of the church that this document proposes is not supported with even one quotation from conciliar documents.’
    • ‘Was the art after Constantine's edict of toleration subtle propaganda for imperial power or did it reflect the orthodoxy emerging from the Christological debates and their conciliar resolution?’
    • ‘Every caste has its own council, which makes the rules for all its members' activities, including their diet; it is said that the lower the caste the better organized is its conciliar government.’


Late 17th century: from medieval Latin consiliarius ‘counselor’, from Latin concilium (see council).