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Type of legislative body, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature

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Senate: Type of legislative body, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature
A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature. The name comes from the ancient Roman Senate, so-called as an assembly of the senior and therefore allegedly wiser and more experienced members of the society or ruling class. Thus, the literal meaning of the word "senate" is Assembly of Elders.

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