interpellation

[in-ter-puh-ley-shuhn, in-tur-puh-]
noun
a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin interpellātiōn- (stem of interpellātiō) interruption. See interpellate, -ion

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interpellate (ɪnˈtɜːpɛˌleɪt)
 
vb
(tr) parliamentary procedure (in European legislatures) to question (a member of the government) on a point of government policy, often interrupting the business of the day
 
[C16: from Latin interpellāre to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push]
 
interpel'lation
 
n
 
in'terpellator
 
n

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