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[kuh n-gresh-uh-nl, kuh ng-] /kənˈgrɛʃ ə nl, kəŋ-/

of or relating to a .
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the Congress of the U.S.:
a Congressional committee.
of or relating to a congress

1690s, from Latin congressionem (from congressus, see congress) + -al (1). Originally sometimes reviled as barbarous, Pickering (1816) quotes an unnamed English correspondent: “The term Congress belonging to America, the Americans may employ its derivatives, without waiting for the assent of the English.”


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