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. Andrzej Duda:

    One cannot deny the parliamentary majority the right to implement its program.

  2. Nicmer Evans:

    We don't identify with the current behavior of the Socialist Party, we're aspiring to have parliamentary candidates present in all the country's districts.

  3. Joe Biden:

    My team and I are having ongoing discussions with Senator Manchin ; that work will continue next week, it takes time to finalize these agreements, prepare the legislative changes, and finish all the parliamentary and procedural steps needed to enable a Senate vote. We will advance this work together over the days and weeks ahead ; Leader Schumer and I are determined to see the bill successfully on the floor as early as possible.

  4. Theresa May:

    The European Union has been clear that any further extension will need to have a clear purpose and will need to be agreed unanimously by the heads of the other 27 member States ahead of 12 April, it is also almost certain to involve the UK being required to hold European parliamentary elections.

  5. Nelson Wiseman:

    Her letter, I believe, sets the stage for her run at the Liberal leadership if the Liberals lose in October and Justin Trudeau steps down, she is a victim of the parliamentary system which in Canada imposes sturdier party discipline than in any of the other Westminster parliamentary systems. The letter reveals her naivet, as a rookie Member of Parliament, about how the system works.

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