in·​ter·​gov·​ern·​men·​tal | \ ˌin-tər-ˌgə-vər(n)-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of intergovernmental

: existing or occurring between two or more governments or levels of government

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That deal failed to get the approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an intergovernmental panel that reviews overseas acquisitions of American companies. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "HNA Will Transfer Co-Chairman’s Stake as Ownership Doubts Linger," 13 July 2018 At 144 years old, the UPU is one of the oldest intergovernmental agencies. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Here’s why Trump threatened to pull out of a 144-year-old postal treaty," 19 Oct. 2018 The chasm between the EU’s determination to protect its supranational system with the U.K.’s demand for a bespoke intergovernmental arrangement looks increasingly impossible to bridge. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Britain Tells Two Brexit Stories That Add Up to One Big Problem," 8 Aug. 2018 Earlier this year, the intergovernmental Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States blocked Ant Financial’s attempt to buy U.S. remittance company MoneyGram. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Since 2009, and despite ongoing diplomatic tensions, the U.S. and Russia have co-chaired three task forces under the auspices of the Arctic Council, the region’s intergovernmental forum for sustainable development and environmental protection. Paul Arthur Berkman, Scientific American, "Could Science Diplomacy Be the Key to Stabilizing International Relations?," 12 June 2018 The intergovernmental effort that has been in the works since 2002 is expected to come to fruition this summer. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Forest Preserve, Homer Glen near an agreement on Fiddyment Creek," 16 May 2018 The agreement also created intergovernmental councils in which government officials work closely with other regional governments in the U.K. and with the Republic of Ireland. Washington Post, "How Brexit could kill Northern Ireland’s peace accords," 20 Apr. 2018 The intergovernmental organization and public research university has locations in over a dozen Oceanian countries, but the Fijian campus in Suva is its central locale. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Beachy Pink Dress on Her Second Day in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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: occurring between or involving two or more governments

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