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 for ecclesiastical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ecclesiastical \Ec*cle`si*as"tic*al\, a. [See Ecclesiastical,
     Of or pertaining to the church; relating to the organization
     or government of the church; not secular; as, ecclesiastical
     affairs or history; ecclesiastical courts.
     [1913 Webster]
           Every circumstance of ecclesiastical order and
           discipline was an abomination.           --Cowper.
     [1913 Webster]
     Ecclesiastical commissioners for England, a permanent
        commission established by Parliament in 1836, to consider
        and report upon the affairs of the Established Church.
     Ecclesiastical courts, courts for maintaining the
        discipline of the Established Church; -- called also
        Christian courts. [Eng.]
     Ecclesiastical law, a combination of civil and canon law as
        administered in ecclesiastical courts. [Eng.]
     Ecclesiastical modes (Mus.), the church modes, or the
        scales anciently used.
     Ecclesiastical States, the territory formerly subject to
        the Pope of Rome as its temporal ruler; -- called also
        States of the Church.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of or associated with a church (especially a Christian
             Church); "ecclesiastic history" [syn: ecclesiastical,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "ecclesiastical":
     abbatial, abbatical, apostolic, archiepiscopal, canonical,
     capitular, capitulary, cathedral-like, cathedralesque, church,
     churchish, churchlike, churchly, clerical, ecclesiastic, episcopal,
     episcopalian, evangelistic, ministerial, pantheonic, papal,
     pastoral, patriarchal, pontifical, prelatial, prelatic,
     priest-ridden, priestish, priestly, rabbinic, sacerdotal,
     spiritual, synagogal, synagogical, tabernacular, templelike,
     theological, ultramontane

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ECCLESIASTICAL. Belonging to, or set apart for the church; as, distinguished 
  from civil or secular. Vide Church. 

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