parliamentary

adjective
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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Despite this, the National Front suffered a further loss of support in 2013, losing the popular vote to the opposition for the first time, though still winning 133 of 222 parliamentary seats. Fox News, "Ex-Malaysia leader's arrest part of a swift fall from grace," 4 July 2018 Now Spain has a Socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, whose party holds just 84 of the 350 parliamentary seats. Tim Lister, CNN, "Europe is on the verge of a big new crisis, just six years after the last one," 2 June 2018 How the vote tally translates into parliamentary seats will be announced later this week, Iraq’s election commission said. Tamer El-ghobashy, BostonGlobe.com, "Maverick cleric's election upset could shake US-Iraq relations," 14 May 2018 How the vote tally translates into parliamentary seats will be announced later this week, Iraq's election commission said. Tamer El-ghobashy And Mustafa Salim, chicagotribune.com, "Maverick cleric's election upset could rattle U.S.-Iraq relations," 14 May 2018 Globally, women hold an average of 23.7% of parliamentary seats; in the US, women held only 19.4% of congressional seats in 2017. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: A New UN Report Shows U.S. Women Falling Behind," 12 Feb. 2018 In parliamentary elections later this month, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf may well emerge as the single largest party. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was chosen to become Britain's first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labour government in parliamentary elections. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Day 6 of the #RedForEd walkout; badly burned girl hopes to meet Taylor Swift; Goody's take on 'Disobedience'," 3 May 2018 Conducting Meetings Meets 1st Tuesday: Learn parliamentary procedure according to Robert’s Rules of Order, 7:30-9 p.m. Free to attend; dues to join. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 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

parliamentary

adjective
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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