To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.

The country is abandoning parliamentarianism in a rush to authoritarianism.
  a form of democracy that has a parliament for its legislative branch
 Mark word for later review on this computer
parliamentary form of parliamentarianism
Strongly Associated with:   parliament
A parliamentary form of government like that in Great Britain can be contrasted with a presidential system like that found in the United States. Both are democracies, but the United States has a stricter separation of power between the executive and legislative branches.

In the United States, the chief executive (president) is elected separately from the legislative branch (congress). In a parliamentary system, the chief executive (prime minister) is selected by the majority party of the legislative branch (parliament). Many democracies, such as France, have a hybrid parliamentary/presidential system in which an elected president shares power with a prime minister.

Despite the success of the United States, most new democracies choose a parliamentary or hybrid form of government because of the political instability and authoritarianism associated with the many Latin American countries that have chosen a presidential system.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Wikipedia Article
UN Dev. Program report on forms of democracy
  • The country is abandoning parliamentarianism in a rush to authoritarianism.
  • a Westminster-style parliamentary system borrowed from Great Britain
  • You try to find that in the South African Parliamentary system.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • They settled on a parliamentary system of government.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

  • Show more
  • By the time he in third grade, though, he get to talking better than the President a the United States, coming home using words like conjugation and parliamentary.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The Anglo-Saxon genius for parliamentary government asserted itself; there was a great deal of talk and no decisive action.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India’s Constitution.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • With these last words, the Dodger suffered himself to be led off by the collar; threatening, till he got into the yard, to make a parliamentary business of it; and then grinning in the officer’s face, with great glee and self-approval.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • How can the scholar, who dwells away in the North West Territory or the Isle of Man, tell what is parliamentary in the kitchen?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The Revolution came; events succeeded each other with precipitation; the parliamentary families, decimated, pursued, hunted down, were dispersed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

  • Show more again
  • Arrah, sit down on the parliamentary side of your arse for Christ’ sake and don’t be making a public exhibition of yourself.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • {2} He refers to the order of baronets, or baronettes; the barones minores, as distinct from the parliamentary barons—not, it need hardly be said, to the baronets of later creation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Danglars had, however, protested against showing himself in a ministerial box, declaring that his political principles, and his parliamentary position as member of the opposition party would not permit him so to commit himself; the baroness had, therefore, despatched a note to Lucien Debray, bidding him call for them, it being wholly impossible for her to go alone with Eugenie to the opera.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Is it any wonder, saddled as we are with our present parliamentary system, that we are unable to find any solution to our many difficulties?
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • President and gentlemen," he began, assuming a parliamentary attitude and tone, "I wish to propose the admission of a new member—one who highly deserves the honor, would be deeply grateful for it, and would add immensely to the spirit of the club, the literary value of the paper, and be no end jolly and nice.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • This agency comes under the county administrative board and is controlled, in turn, by the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It is nothing to you or to any one else that the great lights of the parliamentary sky have failed for some few years in this business to set you the example of moving on.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Later, we heard about the obscure white parliamentary messenger who stabbed Verwoerd to death, and we wondered at his motives.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The attention of the nation was focused on the Senate, and focused especially on the three most gifted parliamentary leaders in American history—Clay, Calhoun and Webster.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Touchett and I have kept up a sort of parliamentary debate all the way from London.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • "Heh-heh-heh!" laughed the married man with a hideous effort of appreciation, for he was as irrepressibly good-humoured under ghastly snubs as a parliamentary candidate on the hustings.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • There are other duties, Mr Nickleby, which a secretary to a parliamentary gentleman must never lose sight of.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He left then for a conference with the Prime Minister, at that time in Melbourne; with no aircraft flying on the airlines, federal government from Canberra was growing difficult, and parliamentary sessions there were growing shorter and less frequent.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • He means that he has sold out to the parliamentary humbugs and the bourgeoisie.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Touchett and I have kept up a sort of parliamentary debate all the way from London.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He was re-elected senator in every parliamentary election.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Does the British Constitution restrain the parliamentary discretion to one year?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Virginia was the first colony to resist the parliamentary usurpations of Great Britain.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I almost think New England needs to be parliamentary rather than territorial, but I digress.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I’m not sure that is correct parliamentary procedure.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • This "infirmity of speech" Quiller-Couch finds "in parliamentary debates and in the newspapers"; [Pg025] ….
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Or do you think a radical change was possible through the Duma, by parliamentary methods, and that we can do without dictatorship?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • "We’ve lost a decade," Professor John Cleland, a British fertility expert, told a parliamentary study group in 2006.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • This is why parliamentary bodies all through history, when they accomplished anything, owed it to a few strong men who dominated the rest.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • In Sweden the task is that of the prosecutor general or the parliamentary ombudsman, who, however, can only pursue recommendations forwarded to them by other departments.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Seeing the need for a manual of parliamentary rules for the Senate, he wrote one, distinguished by its clarity, emphasis on decorum, and the degree to which he had drawn on the British model.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • From my reading of Marxist literature and from conversations with Marxists, I have gained the impression that communists regard the parliamentary system of the West as undemocratic and reactionary.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Sometimes, parliamentary questions were asked about it, and even parliamentary motions made or threatened about it by demagogues so low and ignorant as to hold that the real recipe of government was, How to do it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • For years Alessandro had been reading Cicero and English parliamentary debates, with no outlet for his oratory except impatient fellow students who did not appreciate the worth of the great cadences Alessandro now had by heart.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Though not an abolitionist, Adams was a vehement opponent of slavery and became the prime crusader against the "gag rule," a parliamentary order passed in 1836 by the House that forbade discussion of slavery on the House floor.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The Government now gave way on all sides, and made a show of yielding to the demands of the people, though there was a widespread plot for effecting a coup d’etat set on foot between the leaders of the two socalled opposing parties in the parliamentary faction fight.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • The ecclesiastical historian, too, looking into parliamentary reports of that period, finds honourable members zealous for the Church, and untainted with any sympathy for the "tribe of canting Methodists," making statements scarcely less melancholy than that of Mr. Roe.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Scarcely an individual is to be perceived in it who does not recall the idea of an active and illustrious career: the Senate is composed of eloquent advocates, distinguished generals, wise magistrates, and statesmen of note, whose language would at all times do honor to the most remarkable parliamentary debates of Europe.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He and his successors actually held the Parliamentary chair of Primus Baro Angiae.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • CHAPTER 38 A DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP I did not allow my resolution, with respect to the Parliamentary Debates, to cool.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • ’By Parliamentary, this morning.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "That settles the question in the abstract," said Stephen, "but not from a parliamentary point of view.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This honourable name had figured constantly also in the Parliamentary list for many years, in conjunction with that of a number of other worthy gentlemen who sat in turns for the borough.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • This was the only retort—except glass or crockery—that the heavy creature was capable of making; but, I became as highly incensed by it as if it had been barbed with wit, and I immediately rose in my place and said that I could not but regard it as being like the honorable Finch’s impudence to come down to that Grove,— we always talked about coming down to that Grove, as a neat Parliamentary turn of expression,—down to that Grove, proposing a lady of whom he knew nothing.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Oh! dull, useful, delightful things, Factory Acts, Female Inspectors, the Eight Hours’ Bill, the Parliamentary Franchise….
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   parliamentarianism [4] , parliament [1]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   History, Public Policy & Politics, Law
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading