parliamentary

adjective

par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce parliamentary (audio)
 also  ˌpärl-yə-
1
a
: 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 And while Novak’s role was mostly ceremonial, the parliamentary process of electing a new president means the effects of the scandal will not fade swiftly from public view. Christian Edwards, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Minority Leader — and former speaker — Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) then challenged Scott’s ruling, an extremely rare parliamentary move that drew gasps from other members. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The contrast between Northern Ireland’s parliamentary decorum and the violence engulfing Gaza 2,500 miles away could not have been more striking. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2024 Although legislative leaders, who opposed the measure, often use parliamentary tricks to minimize opportunities to see the contents of trailer bills. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been barred from contesting the national parliamentary elections. Kyra Colah, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 Relations between Warsaw and Kyiv soured last year after the previous Polish administration restricted grain imports from Ukraine in response to protests from farmers just months before the Oct. 15 parliamentary election. William Horobin, Bloomberg.com, 24 Jan. 2024 Backed by a parliamentary supermajority, Bukele packed the country’s constitutional court with loyalists. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 The bill, which is subject to changes during a parliamentary committee debate, needs at least 75 votes to pass. Renee Maltezou, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of parliamentary was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Parliamentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parliamentary. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

parliamentary

adjective
par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry ˌpär-lə-ˈment-ə-rē How to pronounce parliamentary (audio)
-ˈmen-trē,
 also  ˌpärl-yə-
1
: of, relating to, or enacted by a parliament
2
: of or relating to government by a cabinet whose members belong to and are responsible to the legislature
3
: of or according to the rules governing the way in which official meetings (as of a parliament or congress) are conducted
parliamentary procedure

Legal Definition

parliamentary

adjective
par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē, ˌpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliamentary (audio)
1
a
: 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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