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CLERICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clerical mean? 

CLERICAL (adjective)
  The adjective CLERICAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to clerks
2. of or relating to the clergy
3. appropriate for or engaged in office work

  Familiarity information: CLERICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLERICAL (adjective)


Sense 1clerical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to clerks

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

clerical work

Pertainym:

clerk (an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts))


Sense 2clerical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the clergy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

clerical collar

Pertainym:

clergy (in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity))


Sense 3clerical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appropriate for or engaged in office work

Context examples:

clerical skills / a clerical job / the clerical staff

Similar:

white-collar (of or designating salaried professional or clerical work or workers)


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