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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Wednesday’s move came after a tumultuous parliamentary election plagued by allegations of flawed vote counts and other tabulation problems. James Hookway, WSJ, "Pro-Democracy Parties Challenge Thai Junta’s Grip After Contentious Vote," 27 Mar. 2019 Some members of the public, meanwhile, are losing patience with the parliamentary process and the fading promises made by pro-Brexit politicians. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK government defiant as Parliament takes control of Brexit," 27 Mar. 2019 Millions of voters lined up to cast their ballots in sweltering temperatures on Sunday in a parliamentary election portrayed as referendum on military rule. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Junta Chief on Track to Return as Prime Minister," 24 Mar. 2019 The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development or PJD, long in the opposition, won parliamentary elections and took control of the government later that year. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings," 20 Feb. 2019 The attack comes two days before Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections Saturday. Fox News, "2 Americans wounded, top general escapes harm in deadly shooting at governor's mansion in Afghanistan," 18 Oct. 2018 Even then, many administrations are shaky, minority governments that rely on fragile parliamentary coalitions. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "The Latest Chapter in Europe’s Electoral Challenges: Spain," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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