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Meaning of interpellation

in•ter•pel•la•tion

Pronunciation: (in"tur-pu-lā'shun, in-tûr"pu-), [key]
— n.
  1. a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government.
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