col·le·gi·al (kə-lējē-əl, -jəl)
1. Full of or conducive to good will among colleagues; friendly and respectful: an office with a collegial atmosphere.
a. 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).
b. Roman Catholic Church Characterized by the equal sharing of power among the bishops.
[Middle English, from Latin collēgiālis, of colleagues, from collēgium, association; see COLLEGIUM.]
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