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[kuh n-gresh-uh-nl, kuh ng-]
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  1. of or relating to a congress.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the Congress of the U.S.: a Congressional committee.
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Origin of congressional

1685–95; < Latin congressiōn- (stem of congressiō) a coming together, equivalent to congress(us) (see congress) + -iōn- -ion + -al1
Related formscon·gres·sion·al·ist, nouncon·gres·sion·al·ly, adverbnon-Con·gres·sion·al, adjectivepre·con·gres·sion·al, adjectivepro-Con·gres·sion·al, adjectiveun·con·gres·sion·al, adjective
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parliamentary, senatorial, congressional, legislatorial, nomothetic, parliamentarian

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British Dictionary definitions for congressional


  1. of or relating to a congress
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Derived Formscongressionalist, nouncongressionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for congressional


1690s, from Latin congressionem (from congressus, see congress) + -al (1). Originally sometimes reviled as barbarous, Pickering (1816) quotes an unnamed English correspondent: "The term Congress belonging to America, the Americans may employ its derivatives, without waiting for the assent of the English."

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