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de•cre•tal



Pronunciation: (di-krēt'l), [key]
adj.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees.

n.
1. a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church law.
2. Decretals,the body or collection of such decrees as a part of the canon law.

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