interpellation

[ in-ter-puh-ley-shuhn, in-tur-puh- ]
/ ˌɪn tər pəˈleɪ ʃən, ɪnˌtɜr pə- /

noun

a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government.

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Origin of interpellation

1520–30; <Latin interpellātiōn- (stem of interpellātiō) interruption. See interpellate, -ion
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