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 (kə-mĭsh′ē-ə, -mĭsh′ə)
n. pl. comitia
A popular assembly in ancient Rome having legislative or electoral duties.

[Latin, from pl. of comitium, assembly place : com-, com- + itus, past participle of īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

co·mi′tial (-mĭsh′əl) adj.


(Historical Terms) an ancient Roman assembly that elected officials and exercised judicial and legislative authority
[C17: from Latin comitium assembly, from com- together + īre to go]
comitial adj


(kəˈmɪʃ i ə)

n., pl. -ti•a.
any of several assemblies of the people in ancient Rome convened to decide on legislative and judicial matters and to elect magistrates.
[1615–25; < Latin, pl. of comitium assembly <com- + īre to go (compare comes)]


 an assembly of people to act on matters before them, 1734; an assembly, 1625; the principal assembly at Oxford where public disputations took place and degrees were conferred, 1714.
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