committee of the whole


noun

the entire membership of a legislative body, sitting in a deliberative rather than a legislative capacity, for informal debate and preliminary consideration of matters awaiting legislative action.

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Origin of committee of the whole

First recorded in 1745–55
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Example sentences from the Web for committee of the whole

  • Their decisions were made in committee-of-the-whole, and nothing was done that could not meet with the willing consent of all.