first reading


: the first submitting of a bill before a quorum of a legislative assembly usually by title or number only

Examples of first reading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the bill’s first reading two weeks ago, Mr. Fatty bused in a group of young women to chant pro-cutting slogans outside Parliament. Ruth MacLean, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Spurred on by the conflict and the impending mental health crisis, the bill passed its first reading the Verkhovna Rada in July 2023. Passport: Explore the finest destinations and experiences around the world in the Forbes Passport newsletter. Sarah Sinclair, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Probably the most exciting moment of my childhood occurred on July 4, 1977, when my father, without first reading the instructions, lit a ground bloom flower in our suburban Chicago yard. Rich Cohen, WSJ, 1 July 2023 My laughter on first reading Huneman and Barberousse's text quickly gave way to two concerns. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 16 Apr. 2016 Agosto recalls being in tears after first reading the play as an artistic fellow at Diversionary. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2023 The board had first reading on a resolution to adopt the policy Thursday. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021 McKenzie was careful in describing his stance on the Afghanistan peace deal signed with the Taliban last February in Doha, at first reading directly from a statement condemning continued violence. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 8 Feb. 2021 Without first reading through online consumer reviews, these pills would not have been able to be included. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first reading was in 1571

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“First reading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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