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plenary ˈple-nə-rē also ˈplē- adjective
1. full in all respects
2. of or pertaining to a meeting attended by all participants of a conference
The word plenary has appeared in 14 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 26 in “Vatican Faces Modern-Day Suffragists, Demanding Right to Vote” by Elisabetta Povoledo:
Vatican synods are held every few years. Women have emerged as a major concern of this one, which opened earlier this month and focuses on how the church can better minister to today’s youth in an era of emptying pews.
“The presence of women in the church, the role of women in the church,” has been repeatedly raised, in the synod’s plenary meeting and within smaller working groups, said Sister Sally Marie Hodgdon, the superior general of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, and a synod participant. “The youth bring it up, as have some of the bishops and cardinals.”