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A letter containing an authoritative decision; a decision on a point of discipline; more strictly, a rescript or reply of the pope when he has been appealed to on a matter of discipline; certain collections of documents including pontifical decretals, e.g., "Liber Sextus Decretalium," compiled under Boniface VIII.

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Entry for 'Decretal'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary.​dictionaries/​eng/​ncd/​d/decretal.html. 1910.