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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]