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[plee-nuh-ree, plen-uh-] /ˈpli nə ri, ˈplɛn ə-/

full; complete; entire; absolute; unqualified:
plenary powers.
attended by all qualified members; fully constituted:
a plenary session of Congress.
noun, plural plenaries.
a plenary session, meeting, or the like.
/ˈpliːnərɪ; ˈplɛn-/
full, unqualified, or complete: plenary powers, plenary indulgence
(of assemblies, councils, etc) attended by all the members
noun (pl) -ries
a book of the gospels or epistles and homilies read at the Eucharist

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.


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  • Plenipotent

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