par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē also ˌpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliamentary (audio) \

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

Examples of parliamentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid complicated parliamentary manoeuvring, on February 5th Thomas Kemmerich, leader of a small liberal party, was elected state premier with votes from the CDU and the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD). The Economist, "Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation upends German politics," 10 Feb. 2020 Lawmakers initially included wording in the bill to protect transgender people, but the Council of States, Switzerland’s higher parliamentary chamber, rejected it on the basis that the criteria were too vague. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Swiss Vote to Penalize Public Homophobia," 9 Feb. 2020 This Joint List, as the coalition of Arab parties is known, was the only parliamentary group that increased turnout for its vote between the first and the second election in 2019. Jo-ann Mort, The New York Review of Books, "The Trump–Netanyahu Plan to Force Arab Population Transfer," 3 Feb. 2020 The consequence in 2018 and early 2019 was a parliamentary stalemate. Fox News, "Brexit Day: Britain to leave EU, marking end to years-long fight to deliver on 2016 vote," 1 Feb. 2020 No one quite knew, given the parliamentary arithmetic. Washington Post, "Britain’s EU Journey: When Johnson gambled to deliver Brexit," 29 Jan. 2020 The parliamentary stalemate of the past three years is broken. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New York Review of Books, "The Opportunist Triumphant," 28 Jan. 2020 Netanyahu pulled a request for immunity from prosecution over these charges hours before parliamentary proceedings over the issue were set to begin in Israel on Tuesday. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump unveils long-stalled 'Deal of the Century' for Middle East peace," 28 Jan. 2020 The unveiling of the plan will occur on the same day his bid for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on the corruption charges gets underway in Israel. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Trump’s Mideast Plan Could Give Israel Sovereignty Over Much of Jordan Valley," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of parliamentary

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Parliamentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parliamentary

: relating to or including a parliament


par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē, ˌpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliamentary (audio) \

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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