Etymology
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interpellation (n.)

late 15c., "an appeal" (obsolete), from Latin interpellationem (nominative interpellatio) "an interruption," noun of action from past participle stem of interpellare "to interrupt by speaking," from inter "between" (see inter-) + pellare, collateral form of pellere "to drive" (from PIE root *pel- (5) "to thrust, strike, drive"). The parliamentary sense is attested in English from 1837, from French.

updated on May 24, 2017

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Definitions of interpellation from WordNet

interpellation (n.)
(parliament) a parliamentary procedure of demanding that a government official explain some act or policy;
interpellation (n.)
the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts;
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