Definition of ministerial in US English:



  • 1Relating to a minister of religion.

    • ‘Nowhere in the three articles does one find a reflection on what celibacy can do for the ministerial priesthood, or for the priest himself.’
    • ‘Another article explaining the ministerial use of reason in general is Loving God With All Your Mind: Logic and Creation.’
    • ‘YTM provides theological, spiritual, and ministerial formation both to high-school students and to their teachers and ministers.’
    • ‘On the other hand, many churches have been harmed by insufficient attention to ministerial training.’
    • ‘Given such practices, one can imagine the opposition any suggestion that women be allowed to participate in the ministerial priesthood might raise.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for a minister to drive 6-10,000 miles per year in carrying out the ministerial duties for a congregation.’
    • ‘In short, the presbyteral priesthood was at the center of the sacramental understanding of ministerial order.’
    • ‘The other day I was looking up a picture of a ministerial colleague in the mug-shot book of the ELCA's Metropolitan Chicago Synod.’
    • ‘The following year 17 candidates were accepted for ministerial training, rising to 25 in 2002 and 33 last year.’
    • ‘A third task addresses continuing ministerial education and ongoing support for deacons.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the church has the good sense to know that, in placing a person in a position of ministerial leadership, he or she is exposed to a unique array of temptations.’
    • ‘In the next two sections he looks at issues in ministerial life and the wider church.’
    • ‘Methodists do not believe in the ministerial priesthood; Stanley does.’
    • ‘Ivan has been attending the church for 5 years, first as a ministerial student and for the last three years as assistant pastor.’
    • ‘I will look also at some intriguing hints that Rome may be reconsidering its position that Anglican ministerial orders are null and void.’
    • ‘I vividly remember reporting the 1971 Synod on the ministerial priesthood when influential voices were calling for an end to the celibacy rule.’
    • ‘Some of the freer churches don't even ask their ministerial candidates to commit themselves formally to any belief about Scripture, let alone creation.’
    • ‘It felt both humbling and a bit nostalgic to lecture, in God's providence to 240 ministerial students in the place I was once called to serve.’
    • ‘The formation of ministerial students in congregations and in the church is no longer taking place.’
    • ‘It is this kind of ecclesiology that will lead to a ministerial leadership and ecclesial structures that will equip believers for their callings.’
    priestly, clerical, ecclesiastic, prelatic, canonical, parsonical, pastoral
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  • 2Relating to a government minister or ministers.

    ‘ministerial officials’
    • ‘And a party associating with an armed group of people, albeit one honouring a prolonged ceasefire, cannot hold ministerial office in the Republic of Ireland.’
    • ‘Eleven of the 17 junior ministers have previous ministerial experience.’
    • ‘They claimed that I was just following the party line or that ministerial office had bought me off (which to anyone involved in Westminster is clearly nonsense).’
    • ‘Despite one minister relinquishing his ministerial portfolio, the country is still not confident that there is integrity in public life.’
    • ‘Mollien's ministerial term of office thus spanned nine years, covering a territory spreading over most of continental Europe.’
    • ‘Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble will today table a motion in the Assembly to exclude Sinn Féin from ministerial office.’
    • ‘What we know is that police, Norfolk Island Police, were called to his ministerial office at about lunch time today.’
    • ‘Thus, we see the frequent use of government via ministerial order rather than legislation; the MO being the instrument found unconstitutional just two weeks ago.’
    • ‘This November in Miami, thousands are preparing to resist the ministerial meetings on the Free Trade Area of the Americas.’
    • ‘About 40 presidents and royalty, ten prime ministers and 43 ministerial delegations have been billed to attend.’
    • ‘But in light of his political biography there can be no doubt of his preparedness to assume a ministerial office in a Union-led government.’
    • ‘As Macmillan steps up the ministerial pecking order from Housing to Defence to Foreign Minister and Chancellor, the politics become more interesting.’
    • ‘Other than that, it is perfectly reasonable for us to assume that if we put a question down to a Minister with a ministerial responsibility, that Minister will be here to answer it.’
    • ‘He said the legislation body took the initiative to draft bills on the presidency, the presidential advisory board and on ministerial offices, all of which are also prioritized for this year.’
    • ‘But the senior Government whip has just indicated that we have just had two speeches from Ministers in a ministerial statement situation.’
    • ‘He has an abundance of political experience, including senior ministerial office, and will relish the challenge of heading the new beefed-up Transport Department.’
    • ‘Representatives from nationalist and unionist parties may have held ministerial office, but there was clearly no genuine effort to govern together.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister has no ministerial responsibility for the Labour list.’
    • ‘After 15 days, an agreement was reached through which the Lefts and the Greens were excluded from ministerial office, but would keep the government in power.’
    • ‘It is now common knowledge that she expected to be appointed to a ministerial office as soon as Labor was returned to government.’
    governmental, government, local government, parliamentary, party political, diplomatic, legislative, policy-making, constitutional, public, civic, state, administrative, bureaucratic
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  • 3archaic Acting as an agent, instrument, or means in achieving a purpose.

    ‘those uses of conversation which are ministerial to intellectual culture’
    • ‘Bloom saw society as ministerial to the university.’
    • ‘For Strauss, then, who closely followed the classics on this subject, foreign policy is ministerial to domestic policy.’


Mid 16th century: from French ministériel or late Latin ministerialis, from Latin ministerium ‘ministry’.