Meaning of ministerial in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɪnɪˈstɪərɪəl/

Translate ministerial into Spanish


  • 1Relating to a government minister or ministers.

    ‘a back-bencher who had never held ministerial office’
    • ‘He has an abundance of political experience, including senior ministerial office, and will relish the challenge of heading the new beefed-up Transport Department.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is now common knowledge that she expected to be appointed to a ministerial office as soon as Labor was returned to government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Mollien's ministerial term of office thus spanned nine years, covering a territory spreading over most of continental Europe.’
    • ‘Representatives from nationalist and unionist parties may have held ministerial office, but there was clearly no genuine effort to govern together.’
    • ‘What we know is that police, Norfolk Island Police, were called to his ministerial office at about lunch time today.’
    • ‘As Macmillan steps up the ministerial pecking order from Housing to Defence to Foreign Minister and Chancellor, the politics become more interesting.’
    • ‘This November in Miami, thousands are preparing to resist the ministerial meetings on the Free Trade Area of the Americas.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister has no ministerial responsibility for the Labour list.’
    • ‘Eleven of the 17 junior ministers have previous ministerial experience.’
    • ‘Despite one minister relinquishing his ministerial portfolio, the country is still not confident that there is integrity in public life.’
    • ‘But the senior Government whip has just indicated that we have just had two speeches from Ministers in a ministerial statement situation.’
    • ‘About 40 presidents and royalty, ten prime ministers and 43 ministerial delegations have been billed to attend.’
    • ‘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.’
    governmental, government, local government, ministerial, parliamentary, party political, diplomatic, legislative, policy-making, constitutional, public, civic, state, administrative, bureaucratic
  • 2Relating to a minister of religion.

    ‘the basic ministerial stipend’
    • ‘It is this kind of ecclesiology that will lead to a ministerial leadership and ecclesial structures that will equip believers for their callings.’
    • ‘In short, the presbyteral priesthood was at the center of the sacramental understanding of ministerial order.’
    • ‘YTM provides theological, spiritual, and ministerial formation both to high-school students and to their teachers and ministers.’
    • ‘Given such practices, one can imagine the opposition any suggestion that women be allowed to participate in the ministerial priesthood might raise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A third task addresses continuing ministerial education and ongoing support for deacons.’
    • ‘Some of the freer churches don't even ask their ministerial candidates to commit themselves formally to any belief about Scripture, let alone creation.’
    • ‘Nowhere in the three articles does one find a reflection on what celibacy can do for the ministerial priesthood, or for the priest himself.’
    • ‘The formation of ministerial students in congregations and in the church is no longer taking place.’
    • ‘On the other hand, many churches have been harmed by insufficient attention to ministerial training.’
    • ‘In the next two sections he looks at issues in ministerial life and the wider church.’
    • ‘I vividly remember reporting the 1971 Synod on the ministerial priesthood when influential voices were calling for an end to the celibacy rule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for a minister to drive 6-10,000 miles per year in carrying out the ministerial duties for a congregation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another article explaining the ministerial use of reason in general is Loving God With All Your Mind: Logic and Creation.’
    • ‘I will look also at some intriguing hints that Rome may be reconsidering its position that Anglican ministerial orders are null and void.’
    • ‘The following year 17 candidates were accepted for ministerial training, rising to 25 in 2002 and 33 last year.’
    priestly, ministerial, clerical, ecclesiastic, prelatic, canonical, parsonical, pastoral
  • 3Law
    Relating to or entrusted with the execution of the law or the commands of a superior.

    ‘That, however, was where the suggested alternative remedy was a ministerial default power rather than a statutory appeal process.’
    • ‘The convention of ministerial responsibility is not enforced by the judiciary.’
    • ‘However, Gecas can seek a judicial review of the ministerial decision.’
    • ‘No, your Honour, you can exclude them by respect of a ministerial decision not to grant them a visa.’
    • ‘If the Court pleases, this matter concerns the transfer of mining leases from one of the BHP companies to the applicant, and the refusal of ministerial consent to that transfer.’


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