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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A council of the British sovereign that until the 17th century was the supreme legislative body, that now consists of cabinet ministers ex officio and others appointed for life, and that has no important function except through its Judicial Committee, which in certain cases acts as a supreme appellate court in the Commonwealth.
  • n. An advisory council to an executive.

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