by committee

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

by committee

  1. Through the collaborative efforts of multiple contributors, as a team or committee assigned to accomplish a goal; especially as known for protracted proceedings, a lack of responsiveness, or undesired results.
  2. (figuratively, sometimes humorous) With any of the results cynically attributed to committee projects, e.g. unnecessary complexity, inconsistency, logical flaws, lack of a unifying vision, banality, lack of style or character, etc.
    A camel is a horse designed by committee.
    Writing workshops result in poetry by committee.