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Wordnet 3.0


1. of or relating to a minister of religion or the minister's office;
- Example: "ministerial duties"

2. of or relating to a government minister or ministry;
- Example: "ministerial decree"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ministerial \Min`is*te"ri*al\, a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F. minist['e]riel. See Minister, and cf. Minstrel.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant. [1913 Webster] Enlightening spirits and ministerial flames. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal. "Ministerial offices." --Bacon. "A ministerial measure." --Junius. "Ministerial garments." --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. Tending to advance or promote; contributive. "Ministerial to intellectual culture." --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] The ministerial benches, the benches in the House of Commons occupied by members of the cabinet and their supporters; -- also, the persons occupying them. "Very solid and very brilliant talents distinguish the ministerial benches." --Burke. [1913 Webster] Syn: Official; priestly; sacerdotal; ecclesiastical. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ministerial adj 1: of or relating to a minister of religion or the minister's office; "ministerial duties" 2: of or relating to a government minister or ministry; "ministerial decree"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

67 Moby Thesaurus words for "ministerial": abbatial, abbatical, accessory, adjuvant, administrating, administrative, agential, agentival, agentive, ambassadorial, ancillary, archiepiscopal, assistant, assisting, auxiliary, bureaucratic, canonical, capitular, capitulary, churchly, clerical, conducive, consular, diplomatic, directing, ecclesiastic, employable, episcopal, episcopalian, evangelistic, executive, facilitating, favoring, forwarding, fostering, handy, helpful, helping, instrumental, intermediary, managing, mediating, mediatorial, ministering, ministrant, nurtural, nutricial, official, officiating, pastoral, plenipotentiary, prelatial, prelatic, presiding, priest-ridden, priestish, priestly, promoting, rabbinic, sacerdotal, serviceable, serving, subservient, subsidiary, supervisory, ultramontane, useful
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MINISTERIAL. That which is done under the authority of a superior; opposed to judicial; as, the sheriff is a ministerial officer bound to obey the judicial commands of the court. 2. When an officer acts in both a judicial and ministerial capacity, he may be compelled to perform ministerial acts in a particular way; but when he acts in a judicial capacity, he can only be required to proceed; the manner of doing so is left entirely to his judgment. See 2 Fairf. 377; Bac. Ab. Justices of the Peace, E; 1 Conn. 295; 3 Conn. 107; 9 Conn. 275; 12 Conn. 464; also Judicial; Mandamus; Sheriff.