One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating the Athenian council, which discussed measures before they were submitted to the general Assembly; of, relating to, or designating the decrees passed after preliminary debate by this council.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. From pro- + ancient Greek βουλευτικός belonging to the council, deliberative (from βουλευτής councillor, senator (from βουλεύειν to deliberate (from βουλή) + -τής, suffix forming agent nouns) + -ικός), after ancient Greek προβουλεύειν to deliberate beforehand, to pass a preliminary decree.
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