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[pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree, -tree or, sometimes, pahrl-yuh-] /ˌpɑr ləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri or, sometimes, ˌpɑrl yə-/
of or relating to a parliament or any of its members.
enacted or established by a parliament.
having a parliament.
of the nature of a parliament.
in accordance with the formal rules governing the methods of procedure, discussion, and debate in deliberative bodies and organized assemblies:
parliamentary order.
Origin of parliamentary
1610-20; parliament + -ary
Related forms
parliamentarily, adverb
antiparliamentary, adjective
interparliamentary, adjective
nonparliamentary, adjective
preparliamentary, adjective
superparliamentary, adjective Unabridged
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  • Demonstrations there have been relatively orderly, directed mainly at the country's parliamentary government.
  • They were merely acting from hand to mouth to avert the parliamentary censure with which they were threatened.
  • parliamentary approval for any additional reforms could prove difficult, however, because of the parliament's even split.
  • Civilian politicians in weak and fledgling parliamentary systems come and go.
  • He has now been exonerated by the parliamentary committee on legal affairs.
  • The bomb attacks have been probed in a criminal trial and parliamentary investigations.
  • Egregious parliamentary privileges remain untouched.
  • parliamentary debate turned rancorous, with accusations of bad faith hurled around on live television.
  • He also set up a parliamentary committee to review the electoral system.
  • He made his speech there in order to benefit from parliamentary privilege.
British Dictionary definitions for parliamentary


/ˌpɑːləˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective (sometimes capital)
of or characteristic of a parliament or Parliament
proceeding from a parliament or Parliament: a parliamentary decree
conforming to or derived from the procedures of a parliament or Parliament: parliamentary conduct
having a parliament or Parliament
of or relating to Parliament or its supporters during the English Civil War
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Word Origin and History for parliamentary

1610s, from parliament + -ary.

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