Plenary

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plenary

adj. full, complete, covering all matters, usually referring to an order, hearing or trial.

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.