adjective (only before noun) formal
1 a plenary meeting is one that is attended by everyone who has a right to attend: The conference ended with a plenary debate.
2 plenary power or authority is complete and has no limit: The envoy was given plenary powers to negotiate with the rebels.
— plenary noun (C)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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