par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce parliamentary (audio) also ˌpärl-yə- \

Definition of parliamentary

1a : of or relating to a parliament parliamentary elections parliamentary debate
b : enacted, done, or ratified by a parliament a parliamentary grant of money
2 : of or adhering to the parliament as opposed to the king during the English Civil War … rendered the parliamentary armies … victorious.— David Hume
3 : of, based on, or having the characteristics of parliamentary government parliamentary democracy
4 : of or relating to members of a parliament have the leader selected by the parliamentary caucusLondon Times
5 : of or according to parliamentary law parliamentary procedure

Examples of parliamentary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2011, the Tatmadaw implemented parliamentary elections and other reforms. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Fumio Kishida was reelected as Japan's prime minister on Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2021 More than 125 people were wounded in those clashes, most of them members of the security forces, as militia supporters decried Iraq’s Oct. 10 parliamentary elections as fraudulent. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2021 The protesters reject the results of last month's parliamentary elections that saw the militias as the biggest losers. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2021 The Czech parliamentary elections were held the same week as the release of the Pandora Papers, and Babiš, who had denounced the report and denied any wrongdoing, was still expected to win. The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2021 While the film focuses on the events leading up to the parliamentary elections in 2017, and presidential elections that followed, Babiš had recently suffered a surprising defeat in October, days after the release of the incriminating Pandora Papers. Marta Balaga, Variety, 29 Oct. 2021 Canadians gave Trudeau’s Liberal Party a victory in parliamentary elections last month, but his gamble to win a majority of seats failed and the result was remarkably similar to the election two years ago. Rob Gillies, ajc, 26 Oct. 2021 Haiti has not held parliamentary elections since 2015, and only 10 senators are still seated. Matt Rivers, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of parliamentary

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for parliamentary

borrowed from Medieval Latin parlamentārius, parliamentārius, from parlamentum, parliamentum parliament + Latin -ārius -ary entry 2

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“Parliamentary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parliamentary

: relating to or including a parliament


par·​lia·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌpär-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē, ˌpärl-yə- How to pronounce parliamentary (audio) \

Legal Definition of parliamentary

1a : of or relating to a parliament
b : enacted, done, or ratified by a parliament
2 : of, based on, or having the characteristics of parliamentary government
3 : of or relating to the members of a parliament
4 : of or according to parliamentary law


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