parliamentary

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

Examples of parliamentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Conservative Party had secured its largest parliamentary majority since 1987. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World," 23 Feb. 2021 The two men’s alliance in government has been an awkward and fractious one, struck after an election in March gave neither man a workable parliamentary majority without the other. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "As Israel faces 4th election in 2 years, Netanyahu is in the hot seat again," 28 Dec. 2020 According to recent opinion polls, that equation may be changing, with a number of rivals poised to control a parliamentary majority without him. Fox News, "Israel heads to new elections as government collapses," 23 Dec. 2020 According to recent opinion polls, that equation may be changing, with a number of rivals poised to control a parliamentary majority without him. Josef Federman, chicagotribune.com, "4 elections in 2 years: Israeli government again collapses, triggering new elections," 22 Dec. 2020 The vote re-establishes the razor-thin parliamentary majority Muhyiddin controls since rising to power in March. Anisah Shukry, Bloomberg.com, "Malaysia PM Wins Budget Vote in Parliament, Affirms Majority," 15 Dec. 2020 The government was sworn in just six months ago, after three inconclusive elections ended without any one candidate able to muster a parliamentary majority. New York Times, "Israel Takes First Step Toward New Election," 2 Dec. 2020 Less than a year ago Boris Johnson won a historic victory, and an 80-seat parliamentary majority, in the U.K. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain Locks Down, Again," 3 Nov. 2020 New Zealand’s Labour Party romped home to secure a fresh term at a general election, winning 49% of the vote and an overall parliamentary majority, the first for any party in the country since proportional representation was adopted in 1996. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of parliamentary

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for parliamentary

borrowed from Medieval Latin parlamentārius, parliamentārius, from parlamentum, parliamentum parliament + Latin -ārius -ary entry 2

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The first known use of parliamentary was in 1604

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“Parliamentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parliamentary. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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parliamentary

adjective

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- 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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