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Definition of "collegial" [col•le•gi•al]

  • Characterized by or having power and authority vested equally among colleagues: "He . . . prefers a collegial harmony that will present him with a consensus on the issues” ( Time). (adjective)
  • Roman Catholic Church Characterized by the equal sharing of power among the bishops. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, characterized by, or likened to college life; collegiate: collegial rituals like homecoming. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "collegial" in a sentence
  • "Because I have a hard time seeing a long term collegial and cooperative work environment for anyone in a power-deficit position with this person, should they hold different political views."
  • "How is he going to get along in what is known as the collegial body there in Congress."
  • "Better for old men to be known as collegial team players, who expect to find in the warmth of their associations a tonic for fears of approaching infirmity and extinction."