Definition of parliamentary privilege noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


parliamentary privilege

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[uncountable] Parliament
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the special right of Members of Parliament to speak freely in Parliament, especially about another person, without risking legal action He made the allegation under the protection of parliamentary privilege. See related entries: Parliament Culture The House of Lords has more such rights than the House of Commons. Both Houses can, however, punish their own members for 'a breach of privilege' (= unsatisfactory behaviour in Parliament, or behaviour that makes Parliament look bad to the public)