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Webster 1913 Edition


Committee

Com-mit′tee

,
Noun.
[Cf. OF.
comité
company, and LL.
comitatus
jurisdiction or territory of a count, county, assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb
commit
, but not directly formed from it. Cf.
County
.]
One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together.
Committee of the whole [house]
,
a committee, embracing all the members present, into which a legislative or deliberative body sometimes resolves itself, for the purpose of considering a particular measure under the operation of different rules from those governing the general legislative proceedings. The
committee of the whole
has its own chairman, and reports its action in the form of recommendations.
Standing committee
.
See under
Standing
.

Comˊmit-tee′

,
Noun.
[From
Commit
,
Verb.
T.
]
(Law)
One to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian.

Webster 1828 Edition


Committee

COMMITTEE

,
Noun.
One or more persons, elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body or either branch of it, or by a court, or by an corporation, or by any society, or collective body of men acting together. In legislative bodies, a house or branch of that body may resolve or form itself into a committee, called a committee of the whole hose, when the speaker leaves the chair, and one of the members acts as chairman. Standing committees are such as continue during the existence of the legislature, and to these are committed all matters that fall within the purposes of their appointment; as the committee of elections, or of privileges, &c. Special committees are appointed to consider and report on particular subjects.

Definition 2022


committee

committee

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Noun

committee (plural committees)

  1. a body of one or more persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols
  2. (archaic) a guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.

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