Upper house

  • an upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature (or one of three chambers of a tricameral legislature), the other chamber being the lower house.[1] the house formally designated as the upper house is usually smaller and often has more restricted power than the lower house. a legislature composed of only one house (and which therefore has neither an upper house nor a lower house) is described as unicameral.

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An upper house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature (or one of three chambers of a tricameral legislature), the other chamber being the lower house.[1] The house formally designated as the upper house is usually smaller and often has more restricted power than the lower house. A legislature composed of only one house (and which therefore has neither an upper house nor a lower house) is described as unicameral.