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Meaning of penitential

pen•i•ten•tial

Pronunciation: (pen"i-ten'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.
—n.
  1. a penitent.
  2. a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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