second reading


second reading

noun

Definition of SECOND READING

1
:  the stage in the British legislative process following the first reading and usually providing for debate on the principal features of a bill before its submission to a committee for consideration of details
2
:  the stage in the United States legislative process that occurs when a bill has been reported back from committee and that provides an opportunity for full debate and amendment before a vote is taken on the question of a third reading

First Known Use of SECOND READING

1647

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