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[Latin, For all; containing two or more independent matters.] A term frequently used in reference to a legislative bill comprised of two or more general subjects that is designed to compel the executive to approve provisions that he or she would otherwise reject but that he or she signs into law to prevent the defeat of the entire bill.

Laws governing the Federal Budget are typically omnibus bills; for example, the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996 (110 Stat. 1321).


adjective all-embracing, all-inclusive, broad, catholic, collective, compendious, complete, composite, comprehensive, encyclopedic, encyclopedical, exhaustive, expansive, extensive, general, generic, inclusive, indiscriminate, limitless, of great scope, overall, pandemic, sweeping, unqualified, unrestricted, wide-reaching, widespread
Associated concepts: omnibus law
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But this omnibus volume is greater than either its title or the sum of its parts.
An omnibus volume collected The Best of Kathleen Norris (1955).
Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One: Agatha Awakens gathers the first three chapters ("The Beetleburg Clank", "The Airship City", and "The Monster Engine") of Phil & Kaja Foglio's multiple Hugo-Award winning steampunk comic series, set in a world where those gifted with "The Spark" can warp the laws of physics with their inventions - and win the hearts and minds of rabid followers with their unearthly charisma, no matter how severe their mad scientist proclivities