- full; complete; entire; absolute; unqualified: plenary powers.
- attended by all qualified members; fully constituted: a plenary session of Congress.
- a plenary session, meeting, or the like.
Origin of plenary
Examples from the Web for plenary
The hottest debate in Davos on Thursday will come from a series of plenary sessions on Europe.From Capitalism to the World's Most Vulnerable
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 26, 2012
A plenary session features a keynote address on “unleashing creativity” from the founder of a promotions site called ePrize.The Perils of Borrowing Online
October 12, 2011
This Committee were entrusted with plenary powers, and there was no appeal from their decision.The Teacher
For him the blow was about to fall—not for his safety, but for his plenary authority.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
To plenary explanation she ought not—she never shall be driven.Lady Byron Vindicated
Harriet Beecher Stowe
As to the species of the act, and the plenary effect, it is not.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
One would suppose that she had plenary indulgences for her conduct.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall
W. R. H. Trowbridge
- full, unqualified, or completeplenary powers; plenary indulgence
- (of assemblies, councils, etc) attended by all the members
- a book of the gospels or epistles and homilies read at the Eucharist
Word Origin and History for plenary
1510s, earlier plenar (mid-13c.), from Old French plenier, from Medieval Latin plenarius "entire, complete," from Latin plenus "full, filled, greatly crowded; stout, pregnant; abundant, abounding; complete," from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-). Related: Plenarily.