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Definition of official:

  1. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  2. Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.
  3. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report.
  4. Discharging an office or function.
  5. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.
  6. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.


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