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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Parties' positions are usually determined beforehand within their working groups or in plenary sessions.
▪ Now, in an adjoining room, the staff members who would be present at the plenary session had assembled.
▪ A discussion followed in the plenary session in relation to the two language schedules.
▪ The plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday were less well received.
▪ All are located in close proximity to one another, providing scope for multiple syndicate as well as plenary sessions.
▪ The conference included small-group and plenary sessions.
▪ But it gave an added attraction to the plenary session anyway.
▪ These are regarded as essential preparation for the main plenary session this afternoon.
▪ a plenary speech
▪ The envoy was given plenary powers to negotiate with the rebels.
▪ The party held a plenary session in April.
▪ But it gave an added attraction to the plenary session anyway.
▪ In considering whether candidate items were essential, each subgroup used a modified Delphi technique25 that was replicated in the plenary sessions.
▪ On June 21 the plenary conference was suspended ahead of three weeks of committee-level meetings.
▪ The conference included small-group and plenary sessions.
▪ The conference will combine plenary addresses with specialist seminars and workshops.
▪ The Council has plenary powers to administer the Agreement.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plenary \Ple"na*ry\, a. [LL. plenarius, fr. L. plenus full. See Plenty.] Full; entire; complete; absolute; as, a plenary license; plenary authority.

A treatise on a subject should be plenary or full.
--I. Watts.

Plenary indulgence (R. C. Ch.), an entire remission of temporal punishment due to, or canonical penance for, all sins.

Plenary inspiration. (Theol.) See under Inspiration.


Plenary \Ple"na*ry\, n. (Law) Decisive procedure. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, earlier plenar (mid-13c.), from Old French plenier, from Medieval Latin plenarius "entire, complete," from Latin plenus "full, filled, greatly crowded; stout, pregnant; abundant, abounding; complete," from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-). Related: Plenarily.


a. 1 Fully attended; for everyone's attendance. 2 (context theology or legal English) complete; full; entire; absolute. n. plenary session


adj. full in all respects; "a plenary session of the legislature"; "a diplomat with plenary powers"


Plenary is an adjective related to the noun plenum carrying a general connotation of fullness.

Plenary may also refer to:

  • Plenary session or meeting, the part of a conference when all members of all parties are in attendance
  • Plenary speaker, a speaker at a plenary session, as opposed to a sectional speaker.
  • Plenary power or plenary authority, the complete power of a governing body
  • Plenary council, one of various councils of the Catholic Church
  • Plenary indulgence, a type of religious indulgence
  • Plenary Group, an Australian company

Usage examples of "plenary".

Visitors held a plenary session in a spaceship off Morocco, which I was privileged to attend.

Strabismus might possess to enable him to seduce her mother so outrageously, but in mid-July the world-famous scientist, as his brochures described him, came personally to Clay to solicit further funds for the impending plenary session of the Visitors, the one which would determine pretty much how the United States would be governed after the takeover.

When these two captains heard that they were condemned, Oliverotto burst forth into reproaches against Vitellozzo, saying that it was all his fault that they had taken up arms against the duke: not a word Vitellozzo answered except a prayer that the pope might grant him plenary indulgence for all his sins.

President Roosevelt was given the even more splendid Livadia Palace, close at hand, and it was here, in order to spare him physical inconvenience, that all our plenary meetings were held.

July 24, after our plenary meeting had ended and we all got up from the round table and stood about in twos and threes before dispersing, I saw the President go up to Stalin, and the two conversed alone with only their interpreters.

August 23, we had our second plenary meeting to discuss the draft of the final report of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.

That is why it is necessary to have plenary meetings of principals every two or three months.

He asked me to use the White House not only as a residence but for any conference I might wish to hold, either with the British Empire representatives who had gathered in Washington or with the United States war chiefs, and not to hesitate to call another plenary meeting should I deem it necessary.

As I knew that Stalin and Roosevelt had already had a private conversation, and were of course staying in the same building, I suggested that the President and I might lunch together before the second plenary meeting that afternoon.

December 4, we held our first plenary meeting since Teheran, but made little headway.

It occurs to him that he is, in reality, locked up in some military nut ward back in Moscow, and only hallucinating this plenary session.

One grows aware of it down here: one finds Committees on molecular structure which are very similar to those back at the NTA plenary session.

Vosterov to be transferred to a plenary sub-committee on the struggle against the Kirovite faction, sitting in a side room while the Congress went on in the great hall.

To this day the Guardias Civiles have plenary power to shoot whomsoever they think fit - flight and resistance being equally fatal.

All legal authority in either emanates from this one indivisible and plenary sovereign, and hence the law enacted by a State are really enacted by the United States, and derive from them their force and vitality as laws.