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[sen-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌsɛn əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a senator or senate:
senatorial oratory.
consisting of senators.
Origin of senatorial
1730-40; < Latin senātōri(us) (see senator, -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
senatorially, adverb
nonsenatorial, adjective Unabridged
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  • He endeavoured, indeed, to shelter himself under the authority of a senatorial vote.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • When the senatorial party had landed, Steve had been one of the committee of entertainment.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • But it led to inconveniences in the course of their senatorial duties.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • A gentleman from Alabama who walked in a presidential, but ran in a senatorial, race.

  • The little wood in which I dwelt belonged to a Gaul of senatorial family, who retained some traces of Latin elegance.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for senatorial


of, relating to, befitting, or characteristic of a senator
composed of senators
(mainly US) electing or entitled to representation by a senator: senatorial districts
Derived Forms
senatorially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for senatorial

1740, from French sénatorial or from Latin senatorius "pertaining to a senator" or formed in English from senator + -al (1). Earlier adjectives were senatory (1520s), senatorian (1610). Related: Senatorially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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