Meaning of collegial in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈliːdʒɪəl/

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mainly North American
  • 1Relating to or involving shared responsibility, as among a group of colleagues.

    ‘judges cultivate a collegial atmosphere in instructing the jury’
    • ‘There's such a collegial atmosphere among the contestants.’
    • ‘There's a pleasant collegial atmosphere among the group, and many humorous anecdotes about the origins of the movie and the experience of filming it are batted around.’
    • ‘The official doctrine is that the prime minister is simply the first among equals, and the rule of collective responsibility emphasizes the collegial character of the cabinet.’
    • ‘Ongoing communication helps retain a collegial atmosphere for current staff members and provides a way to integrate temporary staff members into the team.’
    • ‘I am grateful to the faculty and students at the University of Georgia who have inspired me in unexpected ways and have built a uniquely collegial atmosphere.’
    • ‘They have shaken up a strict hierarchy, creating more collegial teams so that one person needn't shoulder round-the-clock responsibilities to make sure that things get done right.’
    • ‘Perhaps what struck me most was the degree to which in the Political Science Department graduate students were immediately considered ‘members of the guild’, in a highly collegial relationship with the faculty.’
    • ‘The successful candidate will also have a strong interest in working with the vision of the department in a collegial manner, while teaching studio and/or theory courses in any of the four areas, depending on specialization.’
    • ‘He suggested that SFU needs an effective collegial governing system ‘where everybody who is affected by a decision actually takes part in the decision-making process.’’
    • ‘Unlike traditional journalism, it has a collegial give and take (check out Jarvis' comment sections for a great example of what I mean).’
    • ‘It could be argued that the church is not and was never intended to be a democracy, or even a collegial oligarchy, Martin Luther and his theses notwithstanding.’
    • ‘Equally, it must promote collegial decision-making in its organisational structure, based on broad consultation with and involvement of different social constituencies.’
    • ‘They seem to think that if we can just hold on to our notions of civility and good government, politics will go back to being a more or less collegial game defined by cooperation and compromise.’
    • ‘He reasoned that the unauthorized document reading was ‘inconsistent with that collegial spirit.’’
    • ‘At the same time, drafting the Declaration seems to have been a considerably more collegial enterprise than many international negotiations.’
    • ‘Ariel Sharon's speech to the Knesset was remarkable for its kind and collegial tone when he talked about his political opponents and his new cabinet allies.’
    • ‘Yesterday his best stab at sounding collegial was the odd formulation, ‘I, we, the government’ - run together as if it were a single word.’
    • ‘The Gallipoli commanders tried to impose personal leadership in circumstances where collegial staff work and good communications were essential.’
  • 2

    another term for collegiate (sense 1)

    ‘He later abandoned his collegial pursuits and set out to forge a career as a full-time artist, as a means of providing for his, then unborn, child (his son is now four, and he also has a two-years-old daughter).’
    • ‘Any member of our community is free to express their views on any topic, subject - of course, to our normal rules of collegial behaviour,’ he said.’
    • ‘A top Harvard science professor says that the preferences given to female and minority scientists in lab-space allocation and other perks do not always make for happy collegial relations.’
    • ‘Here's hoping the Irish government can emerge from the MLE experience and establish a strong foundation of collegial networking in either the physical space or virtual domain of the Liberties in Dublin.’
    • ‘The City Fathers have ripped out the plastic awnings put up in the mid 70s, and removed the huge dense trees - it now looks more like a real town instead of some collegial little city that went feral.’
    • ‘Continuation in the guild depended ‘not on the performance of specific duties, but rather on adherence to collegial rules.’’
    • ‘My reporting of collegial interactions is too specific to be mistaken.’
    • ‘Not all temperaments suit a collegial environment: not all people are able to attend a course.’
    • ‘What makes the NCE effort unique in Canadian policy history is the explicit attempt to turn the culture of academic science towards commercial application and to manage research on private-sector rather than collegial principles.’
    • ‘The collegial and statutory mechanisms need a public-private partnership, perhaps similar to the National Quality Forum in the United States, to bring clarity, consistency, and transparency to external assessment in Britain.’
    • ‘Believing that administrative and collegial support, as well as effective relationships with physicians and surgeons, contributes to perioperative nursing's ability to provide safe patient care.’
    • ‘It is more than likely that Delaroche, who took his collegial responsibilities in the academy very seriously, would have had some contact with the Onslow family.’
    • ‘Such collegial competitions help spark creativity and enthusiasm among their staff.’
    • ‘Moreover, we believe in pushing responsibility to the lowest level and use a collegial leadership style that says the ‘door is always open.’’


Late Middle English from Old French collegial or late Latin collegialis, from collegium ‘partnership’ (see college).