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, in the meaning defined above

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“Committee of the whole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/committee%20of%20the%20whole. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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