second reading

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of second reading

1 :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
2 :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

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First Known Use of second reading

1647


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