- the stage in the consideration of a legislative bill that provides an opportunity for debate and amendment.
Origin of second reading
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for second reading
Situation accepted to extent that ten days or fortnight must be given up to Second-Reading Debate.
- the second presentation of a bill in a legislative assembly, as to approve its general principles (in Britain), or to discuss a committee's report on it (in the US)
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