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adj. full, complete, covering all matters, usually referring to an order, hearing or trial.
plenaryadjective absolute, complete, entire, exhaustive, full, full-blown, full-charged, fully constituted, fully furnished, limitless, thorough, total, undiminished, unlimited, unqualified, whole
Associated concepts: plenary action
See also: complete, detailed, extreme, full, gross, radical, thorough, total, unlimited, unmitigated, unqualified
PLENARY. Full, complete.
2. In the courts of admiralty, and in the English ecclesiastical courts, causes or suits in respect of the different course of proceeding in each, are termed plenary or summary. Plenary, or full and formal suits, are those in which the proceedings must be full and formal: the term summary is applied to those causes where the proceedings are more succinct and less formal. Law's Oughton, 41; 2 Chit. Pr. 481.