legislative council

legislative council

noun
1.
the upper house of a bicameral legislature.
2.
a unicameral legislature in a British colony consisting of the governor, official members appointed by the governor, and unofficial members representing the indigenous population.
3.
a committee composed of members of both houses of a state legislature that meets between sessions to study particular problems and develop programs for the next session.

Origin:
1855–60

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legislative council
 
n
1.  the upper chamber of certain bicameral legislatures, such as those of the Indian and Australian states
2.  the unicameral legislature of certain colonies or dependent territories
3.  (in the US) a committee composed of members of both chambers of a state legislature, that meets to discuss problems, construct a legislative programme, etc

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