Polish parliament

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The idiomatic sense is derived from early rules of the Sejm that gave each nobleman who was a member a veto.

Noun[edit]

Polish parliament ‎(plural Polish parliaments)

  1. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland.
  2. (idiomatic) A deliberative body institutionally unable to reach a decision.
    • 1966, Raymond Aron, Peace and war: a theory of international relations:
      But the conversation produced no result. In a summit conference the nay-saver is in a position to prevent what his allies desire. An alliance among democratic nations is a Polish parliament in which the liberum veto functions (within certain limits).

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