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[ih-pis-kuh-puh-liz-uh m] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəˌlɪz əm/

the theory of church polity according to which the supreme ecclesiastical authority is vested in the order as a whole, and not in any individual except by delegation.
the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops


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