committee of the whole

noun phrase

Definition of committee of the whole

: the whole membership of a legislative house sitting as a committee and operating under informal rules

First Known Use of committee of the whole

1689

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committee of the whole

legal Definition of committee of the whole

: the whole membership of a legislative house (as the House of Representatives) sitting as a committee and operating under informal parliamentary rules called also Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union

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