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[ pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree, -treeor, sometimes, pahrl-yuh- ]


  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.


/ -trɪ; ˌpɑːləˈmɛntərɪ /


  1. of or characteristic of a parliament or Parliament
  2. proceeding from a parliament or Parliament

    a parliamentary decree

  3. conforming to or derived from the procedures of a parliament or Parliament

    parliamentary conduct

  4. having a parliament or Parliament
  5. of or relating to Parliament or its supporters during the English Civil War
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Other Words From

  • parlia·menta·ri·ly adverb
  • anti·parlia·menta·ry adjective
  • inter·parlia·menta·ry adjective
  • nonpar·lia·menta·ry adjective
  • prepar·lia·menta·ry adjective
  • super·parlia·menta·ry adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of parliamentary1

First recorded in 1610–20; parliament + -ary
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Example Sentences

One of Navalny’s chief lieutenants, Leonid Volkov, reportedly told the Moscow Times his supporters would not protest again until later in the year, to build momentum for September’s parliamentary elections.

From Time

Regardless of the vote, the military, known as the Tatmadaw, was still guaranteed control of key ministries and a quarter of parliamentary seats under the junta-drafted constitution.

Navalny’s return has “particular high stakes” for the Kremlin due to the parliamentary elections scheduled for September, says Noble.

From Time

The key elections focused on here are presidential and parliamentary races.

From Quartz

Power transfers in parliamentary democracies can happen quickly.

Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.

“I think that all Slovaks should feel offended,” said MP Tomas Galbavy, who served on the parliamentary culture committee.

The Sunday Times of London has reported that it has given a U.K. parliamentary committee evidence of such a Russian gift.

And if you look at Britain in comparison: it had a parliamentary system at that time.

According to the Parliamentary committee on security and defense there are thousands of soldiers like al-Saadi.

Battle of Wakefield; the forces of Charles I defeated by the parliamentary troops.

Mr. Grierson was, perhaps, the ablest witness before Parliamentary Committees the railway service ever had, which is saying much.

Hard upon all this came the work of preparing for a Parliamentary fight.

Moreover, it must be prejudicial to the national interest to impose parliamentary taxes.

On the fourth day of the proceedings I made my début as a Parliamentary witness.


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