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committee of the whole

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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

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

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