What does Parliamentary mean?

Definitions for Parliamentary
ˌpɑr ləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri; sometimes ˌpɑrl yə-par·lia·men·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parliamentaryadjective

    relating to or having the nature of a parliament

    "parliamentary reform"; "a parliamentary body"

  2. parliamentaryadjective

    having the supreme legislative power resting with a body of cabinet ministers chosen from and responsible to the legislature or parliament

    "parliamentary government"

  3. parliamentaryadjective

    in accord with rules and customs of a legislative or deliberative assembly

    "parliamentary law"


  1. Parliamentaryadjective

    According to the rules and usages of Parliament or of deliberative bodies; as, a parliamentary motion; parliamentary order; parliamentary procedure.


  1. parliamentaryadjective

    Of, relating to, or enacted by a parliament

    Parliamentary procedures are sometimes slow

  2. parliamentaryadjective

    Having the supreme executive and legislative power resting with a cabinet of ministers chosen from, and responsible to a parliament.

    Britain is a parliamentary democracy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parliamentaryadjective

    Enacted by parliament; suiting the parliament; pertaining to parliament.

    Etymology: from parliament.

    To the three first titles of the two houses, or lines, and conquest, were added two more; the authorities parliamentary and papal. Francis Bacon.

    Many things, that obtain as common law, had their original by parliamentary acts or constitutions, made in writings by the king, lords, and commons. Matthew Hale.

    Credit to run ten millions in debt, without parliamentary security, I think to be dangerous and illegal. Jonathan Swift.


  1. parliamentary

    In modern politics, and history, a parliament is a legislative body of government. Generally, a modern parliament has three functions: representing the electorate, making laws, and overseeing the government via hearings and inquiries. The term is similar to the idea of a senate, synod or congress and is commonly used in countries that are current or former monarchies. Some contexts restrict the use of the word parliament to parliamentary systems, although it is also used to describe the legislature in some presidential systems (e.g., the Parliament of Ghana), even where it is not in the official name. Historically, parliaments included various kinds of deliberative, consultative, and judicial assemblies, an example being the French medieval and early modern parlements.


  1. parliamentary

    Parliamentary refers to anything related to, enacted by, or characteristic of a parliament, which is a legislative, often elected, body of government. It often represents a system of government where the executive branch derives its legitimacy from, and is accountable to, the legislature (or parliament). It can also pertain to rules, procedures, or behaviors followed in a parliamentary system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parliamentaryadjective

    of or pertaining to Parliament; as, parliamentary authority

  2. Parliamentaryadjective

    enacted or done by Parliament; as, a parliamentary act

  3. Parliamentaryadjective

    according to the rules and usages of Parliament or of deliberative bodies; as, a parliamentary motion

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. parlementaire.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliamentary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2350

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliamentary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3852

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Parliamentary' in Adjectives Frequency: #313

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parliamentary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parliamentary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Parliamentary in a Sentence

  1. Julian Smith:

    The government as a whole probably should have just been clearer on the consequences of that, the parliamentary arithmetic would mean that this would be inevitably a kind of softer type of Brexit.

  2. Cressida Dick:

    I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence. I fully recognize the public will be very concerned too.

  3. Petro Poroshenko:

    The parliamentary faction of the Block of Petro Poroshenko has nominated Volodymyr Groysman to the post of Prime Minister. Having done everything to ensure stability and continuity of our course, I declare my decision to transfer the obligations and responsibilities of the head of government of Ukraine.

  4. Ranko Krivokapic:

    The government is creating a (parliamentary) majority under suspicion of political corruption, victories that are not based on the free will of the people cannot last.

  5. Philip Hammond:

    (A second referendum) in the end is an issue about parliament and parliamentary numbers, and where the Labour Party ends up on this, as the Labour Party itself is deeply divided on this issue and at some point will have to decide on where it stands.

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