Legal Definition and Related Resources of Ministerial

Meaning of Ministerial

That which is done under the authority of a superior; as distinct from a judicial or Discretionary act. An act that demands no special discretion , judgment or skill.

Ministerial Alternative Definition

That which Is done under the authority of a superior; opposed to judicial; as, the sheriff is a ministerial officer bound to obey the judicial commands of the court. When an officer acts in both a judicial and ministerial capacity, he may be compelled to perform ministerial acts in a particular way; but when he acts in a judicial capacity, he can only be required to proceed; the manner of doing so is left entirely to his judgment. 10 Me. 377; Bac. Abr. “Justices of the Peace” (E) ; 1 Conn. 295; 3 Conn. 107; 9 Conn. 275; 12 Conn. 464. See “Mandamus.”

Synonyms of Ministerial


  • administrative
  • agential
  • attendant
  • attending
  • auxiliary
  • bureaucratic
  • effectual
  • functional
  • helpful
  • helping
  • implemental
  • instrumental
  • intermedial
  • intermediary
  • intermediate
  • intervening
  • managing
  • officiating
  • operative
  • practical
  • serviceable
  • useful
  • Associated Concepts: ministerial act
  • ministerial duty
  • ministerial officer

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Clerk Of Court, Enter, Judicial Act, Judicial Power, Judicial Proceeding, Judicial Sale, Marshal, Nonfeasance, Prohibition, Prothonotary, Refusal, Return, Ruling.


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