second reading


: the stage in the British legislative process following the first reading and usually providing for debate on the principal features of a bill before its submission to a committee for consideration of details
: the stage in the U.S. legislative process that occurs when a bill has been reported back from committee and that provides an opportunity for full debate and amendment before a vote is taken on the question of a third reading

Examples of second reading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But on the second reading, usually a formality, the new rules were struck down. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 2 June 2024 The legislature approved a second reading of the bill earlier this month, after protests that drew tens of thousands of people. TIME, 14 May 2024 On Wednesday, 83 members of Parliament — all representatives of Georgian Dream — voted to advance the bill, which will now go to a second reading. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 The bill would amount to an effective lifetime ban on smoking for those under the age of 15 and has now moved forward from its second reading to the committee stage. Anna Gordon, TIME, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for second reading 

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of second reading was in 1647

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“Second reading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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