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parliamentary system

[ (pahr-luh-men-tree, pahr-luh-men-tuh-ree) ]
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A system of government in which the power to make and execute laws is held by a parliament. Britain has a parliamentary system of government, one of the oldest in the world. The United States does not; its legislature, the Congress, passes the laws, and a separate part of government, the executive branch, carries them out.

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