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1. Composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches: a bicameral legislature.
2. Medicine Composed of or having two chambers, as an abscess divided by a septum.

[bi- + Latin camera, chamber; see chamber + -al.]

bi·cam′er·al·ism n.


1. a legislative body having two branches, houses, or chambers.
2. advocacy of bicameral structure. Cf. unicameralism.bicameralist, n.bicameral, adj.
See also: Government
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Bicameralism brings with it factionalism and partisanship.
The French Senate chairperson saluted Pakistani senators' delegation and said bicameralism did not only deal with legislative agenda but could also enhance diplomatic relations.
The intent behind bicameralism continues to be check and balance between the two houses, so designed for the enactment of better laws,' he said.
Bicameralism, checks and balances, a constituent power that needs the action of both houses.
I believe we are working towards what political scientists will describe as robust bicameralism," he told attendees, adding that the new Senate is working better in practise than in theory.
Pakistan adopted bicameralism in 1973, though it became a federation in 1947 but remained under a unicameral legislature according to early two constitutions (of 1956 and 1962) which severely compromised the basic essentials of federalism.
The guiding principle of this project is the development of a theory of the role and practical goals of Congress that stems directly from core Constitutional principles including separation of powers, bicameralism, a federal system extended over a diverse Republic, limited and enumerated domains of legislation, and the Bill of Rights.
With his usual piquancy, Waldron explores "big" questions related to constitutionalism, the rule of law, separation of powers, bicameralism, the loyal opposition, judicial review, and representation.
Will members of Congress interpret the bicameralism and presentment provisions in such a way as to make it difficult for them to pursue what they perceive to be wise policies?
He explains how religion is an adaptation to changing social circumstances and discusses conceptual tools to understand the origins of religion, particularly Jaynes' theory of bicameralism, which proposes that self-talk is rooted in the brain's two hemispheres, and as language developed, the right hemisphere began to speak to the left.
For example, if the founders really thought legislators free to judge and judges free to legislate, why would they have gone to such trouble to limit the sweep of legislative authority--to insist that it pass through the arduous process of bicameralism and presentment--only to entrust judges to perform the same essential function without similar safeguards?
The Bicameralism and Presentment Clauses of Article I of the Constitution define the process by which the federal government can enact a law.