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conference

[kon-fer-uh ns, -fruh ns] /ˈkɒn fər əns, -frəns/
noun
1.
a meeting for consultation or discussion:
a conference between a student and his adviser.
2.
the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, especially on an important or serious matter.
3.
Government. a meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.
4.
an association of athletic teams; league:
an intercollegiate conference.
5.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. an official assembly of clergy or of clergy and laity, customary in many Christian denominations.
  2. a group of churches whose representatives regularly meet in such an assembly.
verb (used without object), conferenced, conferencing.
6.
to hold or participate in a conference or series of conferences.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Medieval Latin conferentia. See confer, -ence
Related forms
conferential
[kon-fuh-ren-shuh l] /ˌkɒn fəˈrɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
preconference, noun
subconference, noun
subconferential, adjective
Synonyms
1. parley, colloquium. See convention.
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British Dictionary definitions for subconferential

conference

/ˈkɒnfərəns; -frəns/
noun
1.
a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, esp one with a formal agenda
2.
a formal meeting of two or more states, political groups, etc, esp to discuss differences or formulate common policy
3.
an assembly of the clergy or of clergy and laity of any of certain Protestant Christian Churches acting as representatives of their denomination: the Methodist conference
4.
(sport) a league or division of clubs or teams
5.
(rare) an act of bestowal
Derived Forms
conferential (ˌkɒnfəˈrɛnʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferre to bring together; see confer
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Word Origin and History for subconferential

conference

n.

1550s, "act of conferring," from Middle French conférence (15c.), from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferens, present participle of conferre (see confer). Meaning "formal meeting for consultation" is from 1580s.

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