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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.
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The architects of our constitution had the same idea in their minds when a bicameral system of parliament was envisaged in the constitution.
The charter has been, since its inception, a patriotic reference for national reference and a blueprint for national participation in decision-making through the bicameral system," he said.
They have begun to talk not just of setting up a federal system of government, but also of having a unicameral parliament or congress, claiming the present bicameral system just slows down the work of government.
HM the King hailed Bahrain's legislative strides, stressing the Kingdom's success in building a developed and viable parliamentary process through the bicameral system.
Last week he threatened that Congress, sitting as Con-Ass, would push through even without the Senators to amend the Constitution and they already had the numbers needed, prompting Senator Panfilo Lacson to remind the Speaker that the Philippine Congress is a bicameral system preventing either chamber for unilaterally passing any kind of legislation, most especially amendments to the Constitution.
He said the current presidential bicameral system, which has been our form of government for a long time, has not been responsive to the countrys problems.
Wahid's successor was Megawati, and during her tenure the Constitution underwent major revisions, including the establishment of a bicameral system of representation, rules on general elections and clauses relating to social justice.
The exact changes are detailed and complex, but they would move Italy away from a perfect bicameral system, in which the Chamber of Deputies and the upper Senate are roughly equal.
Erdoy-an supports the formation of a "Turkish-style" presidential system -- a strong unicameral rather than bicameral system that he claims will help the country' advancement by eliminating "multi-headedness" in state governance and thus pave the way for a more effective decision-making system.
Early Canadians preferred a bicameral system because they believed it avoided the creation of hasty and harsh legislation, ensured deliberation in government, and was best able to promote the interests of democracy.
The objective of this bill is to strengthen and sustain the national legislature and to make it more effective and efficient being a bicameral system of the government, in order to run the services and then the oversight role among others," Thomas Kudu, head of parliamentary information committee told reporters after the sitting.
While the short-lived 2012 constitution had restored some authority and legislative powers to the upper house, renaming it the Shura Council, for most of Egyptian history the bicameral system was not of great benefit, with a weak upper house that was more consultative than legislative.