from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Concerned with the preparation of measures for action: noting specifically the Senate, or Council of Five Hundred, in the ancient Athenian constitution.


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  • Used in Natalie Mears' book "Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Age" (Cambridge UP, 2005) to describe groups that operated outside the Privy Council and its authority, and which provided council and/or direction to the queen for the first thirty years of her reign.

    February 7, 2010