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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In February, former hard-line president asked the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei to immediate change of the country's Judiciary chief and free presidential and parliamentary elections. Fox News, "Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad's ally gets prison time," 12 Sep. 2018 The president, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, had hoped for a strong performance by his allies ahead of a presidential and parliamentary vote in April next year. The Economist, "Local elections in Indonesia prefigure next year’s presidential poll," 28 June 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters in Ankara, after his coalition won presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, 2018. Billy Perrigo, Time, "What Erdogan’s Election Victory Means For Turkey’s Future," 25 June 2018 Opposition parties are split over whether to support that timetable for the presidential and parliamentary votes., "Congo Hits Back After Botswana Blames President for Crisis," 27 Feb. 2018 That would likely have ended the seven-decade partnership of the CDU and CSU, which have a joint parliamentary group, and would leave the government just short of a majority. The Christian Science Monitor, "German leaders agree on one approach to mitigating migrant crisis," 3 July 2018 Almost half of its lawmakers recently chose to leave the party and form their own parliamentary group to focus on more practical issues such as social welfare. Cristina Maza, Newsweek, "Tear Gas Let Off in Kosovo Parliament Building As Nationalist Politicians Try to Stop Border Agreement," 21 Mar. 2018 Although it was derided as a whitewash by some, John Mann, a Labour MP who leads the all-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, welcomed the report. The Economist, "Labour’s problem with anti-Semitism," 15 Mar. 2018 Some of these women detailed their experiences in the document, which was submitted to the parliamentary group, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "BBC Managers Face Barrage of Criticism in Gender Pay Dispute," 31 Jan. 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- \

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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