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

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The March gambit—taking over the parliamentary timetable to pass a law demanding another extension—relied on there being legislation or an amendable motion before MPs. The Economist, "Tory candidates are misleading people about a no-deal Brexit," 13 June 2019 The Director of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has resigned as the country prepares for fresh parliamentary elections in September. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: News around the world," 12 June 2019 Now, the next prime minister might attempt to abolish parliamentary sovereignty in order to leave the EU. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 In the 2010 parliamentary elections, one of Maliki’s rivals, boasting a nonsectarian base of support, won the most seats, though not a majority. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg Some 3,000 of the most powerful officials in China are preparing for the annual parliamentary pageantry known as the National People’s Congress. Karen Leigh,, "What to Watch at China's Biggest Meeting of the Year: QuickTake," 18 Feb. 2019 Negotiations are complicated by the ambiguous results of the weekend’s European parliamentary elections. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Prospect of Tighter Money at the ECB Increases," 29 May 2019 Jabak was named in January by Hezbollah after the group made significant gains in parliamentary elections, allowing it to lobby and gain a bigger share in the Cabinet. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions," 18 May 2019 Rather than strengthening a narrow parliamentary majority, the Conservatives lost seats. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of parliamentary

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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