parliamentary

adjective
par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē also ˌpärl-yə- \

Definition of parliamentary 

1a : of or relating to a parliament parliamentary elections parliamentary debate

b : enacted, done, or ratified by a parliament a parliamentary grant of money

2 : of or adhering to the parliament as opposed to the king during the English Civil War … rendered the parliamentary armies … victorious.— David Hume

3 : of, based on, or having the characteristics of parliamentary government parliamentary democracy

4 : of or relating to members of a parliament have the leader selected by the parliamentary caucusLondon Times

5 : of or according to parliamentary law parliamentary procedure

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That image of cordiality with the backdrop of the palace had been unthinkable until last month, before Sanchez defeated the former prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a parliamentary no confidence vote. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession," 9 July 2018 The chairman of a British parliamentary committee that is also investigating Facebook praised the findings of the data commissioner. Adam Satariano And Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "Facebook is fined by British agency over Cambridge Analytica data leak," 11 July 2018 The chairman of a British parliamentary committee that is also investigating Facebook praised the findings of the data commissioner. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Facebook Is Fined in Britain Over Cambridge Analytica Data Leak," 10 July 2018 Both bills have been substantially amended in recent weeks on the advice of a parliamentary committee that scrutinized them, narrowing their focus and reach and increasing the number of organizations that are exempt. Rod Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "Australia approves bill to make foreign influence on politics more transparent," 26 June 2018 The scale and scope of these meetings are unclear, but a parliamentary committee is seeking to question him. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "British prime minister faces rebellion while working on deal to break from European Union," 11 June 2018 Banks and Wigmore will face questions from a parliamentary committee starting on Tuesday, where more of Leave. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Top Brexit Backer Passed Trump Transition Team Info to Russians," 10 June 2018 Murray and Lévy's submissions to the parliamentary committee echo Delaere's concerns and add several accusations. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Two controversial stem cell trials could harm patients, critics say," 29 Mar. 2018 On Tuesday, Facebook opted not to make Zuckerberg available to testify before a key parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom investigating the same issue, which had asked him to appear. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s talks with Congress signal Zuckerberg will testify amid data-privacy scandal," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of parliamentary

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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parliamentary

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English Language Learners Definition of parliamentary

: relating to or including a parliament

parliamentary

adjective
par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē, ˌpärl-yə- \

Legal Definition of parliamentary 

1a : of or relating to a parliament

b : enacted, done, or ratified by a parliament

2 : of, based on, or having the characteristics of parliamentary government

3 : of or relating to the members of a parliament

4 : of or according to parliamentary law

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