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plenary

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adjective ple·na·ry \ˈplē-nə-rē, ˈple-\

Simple Definition of plenary

  • : attended by all the people who have the right to attend

  • : complete in every way

Full Definition of plenary

  1. 1 :  complete in every respect :  absolute, unqualified <plenary power>

  2. 2 :  fully attended or constituted by all entitled to be present <a plenary session>

Examples of plenary

  1. A plenary meeting of the 500 members was held last summer.

  2. plenary sessions of the legislature



Origin of plenary

Middle English, from Late Latin plenarius, from Latin plenus full — more at full


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of plenary

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it <a full schedule>. complete applies when all that is needed is present <a complete picture of the situation>. plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification <given plenary power>. replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety <replete with delightful details>.

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