[pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree, -tree or, sometimes, pahrl-yuh-]
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  1. of or relating to a parliament or any of its members.
  2. enacted or established by a parliament.
  3. having a parliament.
  4. of the nature of a parliament.
  5. in accordance with the formal rules governing the methods of procedure, discussion, and debate in deliberative bodies and organized assemblies: parliamentary order.

Origin of parliamentary

First recorded in 1610–20; parliament + -ary
Related formspar·lia·men·ta·ri·ly, adverban·ti·par·lia·men·ta·ry, adjectivein·ter·par·lia·men·ta·ry, adjectivenon·par·lia·men·ta·ry, adjectivepre·par·lia·men·ta·ry, adjectivesu·per·par·lia·men·ta·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective (sometimes capital)
  1. of or characteristic of a parliament or Parliament
  2. proceeding from a parliament or Parliamenta parliamentary decree
  3. conforming to or derived from the procedures of a parliament or Parliamentparliamentary conduct
  4. having a parliament or Parliament
  5. of or relating to Parliament or its supporters during the English Civil War
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Word Origin and History for parliamentary

1610s, from parliament + -ary.

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