general assembly


Definition of general assembly

1 : the highest governing body in a religious denomination (such as the United Presbyterian Church)
2 : a legislative assembly especially : a U.S. state legislature
3 capitalized G&A : the supreme deliberative body of the United Nations

Examples of general assembly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hayter said years of Republican control in the state general assembly prevented the laws from being overturned. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "Richmond is taking down Confederate statues. Is this the end for other Confederate memorials?," 4 June 2020 Thanks to that seat, the Democratic Party gained the majority in both chambers of Virginia’s general assembly for the first time since 1993. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "A vote on gerrymandering in Virginia could be more important than its Democratic primary," 3 Mar. 2020 The investment will fund upgrades like new machines and tools at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant’s paint shop, body shop and general assembly area. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "G.M. Making Detroit Plant a Hub of Electric and A.V. Efforts," 27 Jan. 2020 The decision to expel the society was voted on by CISAC’s board at its general assembly meeting in Tokyo. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "CISAC Expels Spanish Rights Society SGAE After Complaints of 'Unfair Practices'," 30 May 2019 The body shop is in Hamtramck and the general assembly belongs to Detroit. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Peculiar steel beam marks last days at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant," 21 Feb. 2020 The movement has learned from the mistakes of Occupy Wall Street, which was weighed down by crowded general assemblies that made decisions by consensus, which quickly became a hindrance to progress. Aimee Groth, Quartz at Work, "Extinction Rebellion is using holacracy to scale its international movement," 29 Dec. 2019 Prime Minister Johnson’s first meeting with President Trump Trump and Johnson have met before, including at the U.N. general assembly in New York in 2017 when Johnson was British foreign secretary. Billy Perrigo, Time, "What to Expect of Britain's New Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 Summit," 23 Aug. 2019 The United Nations had just opened its general assembly in late September last year when President Donald Trump gave a rare, 81-minute press conference. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "America Is Screwing the Kurds Yet Again," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of general assembly

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“General assembly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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Legal Definition of general assembly

1 : a legislative assembly especially : a U.S. state legislature
2 capitalized G&A : the supreme deliberative body of the United Nations

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