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[kuh n-gresh-uh-nl, kuh ng-]
  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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Examples from the Web for congressionalist

Historical Examples

  • Supposing he should be arrested by the Congressionalist leaders for his treachery to them, where would his escape be then?

    In Strange Company

    Guy Boothby

British Dictionary definitions for congressionalist


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



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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