follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

plenary

[plee-nuh-ree, plen-uh-] /ˈpli nə ri, ˈplɛn ə-/
adjective
1.
full; complete; entire; absolute; unqualified:
plenary powers.
2.
attended by all qualified members; fully constituted:
a plenary session of Congress.
noun, plural plenaries.
3.
a plenary session, meeting, or the like.
Origin of plenary
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; < Late Latin plēnārius (see plenum, -ary); replacing late Middle English plener < Anglo-French < Late Latin plēnāris (see -ar1)
Related forms
plenarily, adverb
Can be confused
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for plenary
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for plenary

plenary

/ˈpliːnərɪ; ˈplɛn-/
adjective
1.
full, unqualified, or complete: plenary powers, plenary indulgence
2.
(of assemblies, councils, etc) attended by all the members
noun (pl) -ries
3.
a book of the gospels or epistles and homilies read at the Eucharist
Derived Forms
plenarily, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin plēnārius, from Latin plēnus full; related to Middle English plener; see plenum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for plenary
adj.

1510s, earlier plenar (mid-13c.), from Old French plenier, from Medieval Latin plenarius "entire, complete," from Latin plenus "full, filled, greatly crowded; stout, pregnant; abundant, abounding; complete," from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-). Related: Plenarily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for plenary

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for plenary

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for plenary