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  1. Root and Branch

    The Root and Branch Petition was a petition presented to the Long Parliament on December 11, 1640. The petition had been signed by 15,000 Londoners and was presented to the English Parliament by a crowd of 1,500. The petition called on Parliament to abolish episcopacy "roots and branches". The House of Commons was reluctant to act on the Root and Branch Petition, though it did ultimately refer the petition to committee in February 1641. This petition formed the basis of the Root and Branch Bill, which was drawn up by Oliver St John and introduced in Parliament by Henry Vane the Younger and Oliver Cromwell in May 1641. After lengthy debates, the bill was defeated in August 1641. The aims of the Root and Branch Bill would ultimately be achieved in October 1646, when Parliament passed the Ordinance for the abolishing of Archbishops and Bishops in England and Wales and for settling their lands and possessions upon Trustees for the use of the Commonwealth.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of root and branch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of root and branch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of root and branch in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    We are part of a global economy. We are not reversing that. It can't be reversed because it is driven by technology ... and the fact that the demand for products inside of our country means we've got to get some things from other places, the notion that we're going to pull that up root and branch is unrealistic.

  2. Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver:

    I believe I am (the right person to be CEO) because my tax affairs are in order and I have carried out widespread root-and-branch reforms of HSBC in the five years I have been group CEO.

  3. Barack Obama:

    The notion that we're going to pull that up root and branch is unrealistic.

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