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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
Such an election was last held at a PNC plenary session in 1996 in Gaza.
North Korea meanwhile will hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party's central committee on Friday, state media KCNA said on Thursday.
Both were approved by IPBES’s 129 member states at an ongoing plenary session in Medellín, Colombia.
Nigerian lawmakers debated the efficacy of ransoms at a special plenary session in February after the Dapchi kidnapping.
Congress will hold a plenary session on March 22 to hear the president’s defense, debate the motion and hold a final vote.
Lawyers for a prominent Catalan secessionist being held in a Madrid jail have made another request to Spain's Supreme Court for him to be allowed to attend a plenary session in the northeastern region's parliament.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the plenary session for his cabinet's censure motion at at the Lower House of the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, September 18.
The Soviet delegation proposed a five-year plan to eliminate smallpox at the next plenary meeting, offering 25 million doses of the vaccine to get things started.
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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
- a full schedule
- a complete picture of the situation
- given plenary power
- replete with delightful details
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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