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Examples of plenary in a Sentence
A plenary meeting of the 500 members was held last summer.
plenary sessions of the legislature
Recent Examples of plenary from the Web
The data is to be presented Sunday as an abstract at the plenary session of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago.
The main speakers at the plenary session, aside from Putin and Modi, will be Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and, according to organizers, the pro-Kremlin president of Moldova, Igor Dodon.
Some observers in the hall heckled her remarks, in a rare interruption of the festive atmosphere after a plenary session of 185 delegations offered no objections whatever to the deal.
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Did You Know?
In the 14th century, the monk Robert of Brunne described a situation in which all the knights of King Arthur's Round Table were present at court by writing, "When Arthures court was plener, and alle were comen, fer and ner. . . ." For 200 years, "plener" (also spelled "plenar") served English well for both senses that we reserve for "plenary" today. But we'd borrowed "plener" from Anglo-French, and, although the French had relied on Latin plenus ("full") for their word, the revival of interest in the Classics during the English Renaissance led scholars to prefer purer Latin origins. In the 15th century, English speakers turned to Late Latin plenarius and came up with "plenary." ("Plenarius" also comes from "plenus," which is the source of our "plenty" and "replenish" as well.)
Synonym Discussion of plenary
PLENARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plenary for English Language Learners
: attended by all the people who have the right to attend
: complete in every way
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