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parliament +‎ -ary



parliamentary (not comparable)

  1. Of, relating to, or enacted by a parliament
    Parliamentary procedures are sometimes slow.
  2. 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.
  3. (Britain, historical, railways) Of a class of train which, by an act of parliament, ran both ways along a line, at least once each day, at the rate of one penny per mile.
    • 1931, Francis Beeding, “1/1”, in Death Walks in Eastrepps[1]:
      The train was moving less fast through the summer night. The swift express had changed into something almost a parliamentary, had stopped three times since Norwich, and now, at long last, was approaching Banton.


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parliamentary (plural parliamentaries)

  1. (UK, historical) A parliamentary train.