[ih-klee-zee-as-ti-kuh l] /ɪˌkli ziˈæs tɪ kəl/

of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular.
of or relating to the Christian Church

early 15c., from ecclesiastic + -al (1). Related: Ecclesiastically.


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