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senatorial adj : of or relating to senators; "senatorial election"

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  1. Relating to a senator.
  2. Relating to a senate.
    The senatorial investigation involved subpoenas and testimony before Congress and, of course, went nowhere.


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The terms Senate and Senator, however, do not necessarily refer to a second chamber of a legislature:
  • In Finland, until 1919, the Senate was the executive branch and the supreme court.
  • In the German Bundesländer of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg, the Senates (or Senat in German) are the executive branch, with Senator (Senator) being the holders of ministerial portfolios. Moreover, also in Germany, bodies of usually five judges in higher courts of appeal hearing and deciding cases are called "senates", although the judges are not called "senators". However, in the Land of Bavaria, the Senate was the upper house of parliament until its abolition in 1999.
  • In Scotland, judges of the High Court of Justiciary are called Senators of the College of Justice.
  • In some, mostly federal countries with a unicameral legislature, some of the legislators are elected differently from the others and are called Senators. In federal countries, such Senators represent the territories, while the other members represent the people at large (this device is used to allow a federal representation without having to establish a bicameral legislature); this is the case with St. Kitts and Nevis, Comoros and Micronesia. In other, non-federal countries, the use of the term Senator marks some other difference between such members and the rest of the legislators (such as the method of selection); this is the case with the States of Jersey and Dominica's House of Assembly.
  • The Senate can be the ruling body of a university.

National senates in the world

Defunct senates

Fictional senates

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