second chamber

noun

Definition of second chamber

: the house in a bicameral legislature that is inferior in status and powers on the ground of constitutional prescription, of custom, or of the locus of responsibility of the ministry, is often originally designed as a check on the other house, and is often constituted on a different basis (as heredity) from election

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“Second chamber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second%20chamber. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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