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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Septennial Happening or returning once in every seven years; as, septennial elections in England.
    • Septennial Lasting or continuing seven years; as, septennial parliaments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • septennial Lasting or continuing seven years: as, septennial parliaments.
    • septennial Occurring or returning once in every seven years: as, septennial elections.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Septennial sep-ten′i-al lasting seven years: happening every seven years
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. septennium, a period of seven years; septem, seven + annus, year. See Seven, and Annual
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. septennisseptem, seven, annus, a year.


In literature:

Is it to be presumed, that at any future septennial epoch the same State will be free from parties?
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Associated Words: septennial, septennially, septenary.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
We learn of the evil of standing armies and the danger of Septennial Parliaments.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
If the remedies are proper in triennial, they will not be less so in septennial elections.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The arguments for and against septennial parliaments have already been stated.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
After the passage of the Septennial Act, the efforts of Walpole were directed to a reduction of the national debt.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
This course would be conformable to the usage from the passing of the Septennial Act till 1830.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
The duration of Parliament was therefore extended to seven years by the Septennial Bill.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The insured for life participate septennially; in the profits realised.
"The Economist" by Various
De Foe's pamphlet on the Septennial Bill, 577.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Parliament passes the Septennial Act limiting the duration of a parliament to seven years.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
He warmly supported the septennial bill in the same year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
It happened that this septennial holiday was just going on, and the faithful Palestine farmers were starving in voluntary martyrdom.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
The twelfth septennial period has always seemed to me as one of the natural boundaries of life.
"Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes" by E. E. Brown
In 1755, the beginning of another septennial period, the six-day service was widely extended.
"The History of the Post Office" by Herbert Joyce
The Septennial Act has not indeed been repealed; but practically the term of parliamentary life has been shortened.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
Hasselt is best known for its great septennial fete held on the day of Assumption, August 15th.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
The Septennial Act lengthened that existence by a further period of four years.
"The Mother of Parliaments" by Harry Graham