Word of the Day Archive
Thursday October 23, 2008
plenary \PLEE-nuh-ree; PLEN-uh-ree\ , adjective:
1. Full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority.
2. Fully attended by all qualified members.
Judges like to quote a 1936 Supreme Court opinion that spoke of "the very delicate, plenary and exclusive power of the President as the sole organ of the Federal Government in the field of international relations."
-- "Like Interpreting the Dreams of Pharaoh", New York Times, November 6, 1988
Tito called a plenary session of the Central Committee.
-- Milovan Djilas, Fall of the New Class
Plenary comes from Late Latin plenarius, from Latin plenus, "full." It is related to plenty.